Graeme Souness makes worrying claim about Liverpool star
Graeme Souness believes that Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to fulfil his potential at Liverpool
Graeme Souness has suggested that Daniel Sturridge will not fulfil his potential at Liverpool.
The striker has struggled to hold down a starting spot in the Liverpool first team this season under Jurgen Klopp as the German coach preferred to deploy Roberto Firmino up front on a number of occasions.
Sturridge scored during England’s 3-0 win over Scotland with a bullet header on Friday night to demonstrate his value in front of goal.
However, former Liverpool star Souness feels that the 27-year-old is now going to struggle to live up to his potential.
Writing in his column for The Times, Souness said: “As we saw with his goal, Sturridge has that quality, but what he does not have, and which all successful teams want, is a work ethic.
“That explains why two big clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea, have let him go and why he is now not in the starting team at a third big club, Liverpool.
“He signed for all three before his 24th birthday, so there have been some good judges who have doubts about him.
“Sturridge is 27 now and I would suggest he’s not going to fulfil his potential. He either cannot maintain physically, because of his well-documented injuries, or does not want to mentally put in the shift as a team player that Jurgen Klopp demands.
“Liverpool’s manager sees him as substitute, a get-out-of-jail card who comes on with 20 minutes left. You would put him in ahead of Roberto Firmino for quality, there’s no argument, but the Brazilian works harder.”
Liverpool are currently top of the Premier League table, one point clear of second-placed Chelsea after 11 games of the season.
The Reds return to Premier League action this weekend with a trip to Southampton.
Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League under Klopp last season and without a trophy.