Stan Collymore: Why Liverpool shouldn’t sell Daniel Sturridge in January
The Liverpool legend wants to see Jurgen Klopp keep Daniel Sturridge beyond the January transfer window
Stan Collymore says Jurgen Klopp shouldn’t sell Daniel Sturridge in the January transfer window.
The England international has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot in Klopp’s first-team in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
Sturridge has started four Premier League games and has made a further four appearances from the bench.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward is still waiting for his first Premier League goal of the current campaign.
However, Sturridge did score twice in a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup fourth round at Anfield last month.
Ex-Liverpool striker Collymore doesn’t believe Klopp should sell his natural goal-scorer before the end of the 2016-17 season.
“Daniel Sturridge will, I hope, get one more opportunity to prove himself at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp,” Collymore wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“But if the end of the season arrives and he still hasn’t been given his chance then, Kid, it’ll be time to get yourself somewhere else.
“Sturridge is a natural-born striker — and I should know because I played with some of the best we’ve seen in Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, Brian Roy, Ian Wright, Mark Bright and Steve Bull.
“But the problem for him is that in this age of Klopp, Pep Guardiola and co, that doesn’t seem to be enough.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re an out-and-out specialist in front of goal, those managers want you to be super-mobile and working your socks off, as well as being a good goal-scorer.”
Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers in 2013.
Liverpool are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and are a point ahead of Antonio Conte’s Blues side after 11 games.
The Reds have scored 30 times in 11 Premier League appearances in the 2016-17 season so far.