Graeme Souness launches attack on Liverpool FC star: He’s miles away
Graeme Souness hits out at Daniel Sturridge following his disappointing display for Liverpool FC against Newcastle
Graeme Souness has accused Daniel Sturridge of not training properly and says he was bitterly disappointed by the striker’s performance in Liverpool’s draw with Newcastle at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp opted to start the England international at St James’ Park on Sunday but he failed to have much of an impact for the Reds as he was eventually taken off in the 74th minute during the 1-1 draw.
Sturridge has found his first team opportunities under Klopp to be few and far between since the German manager’s appointment at Anfield back in October 2015.
He has only started three of Liverpool’s seven Premier League games so far this season, making one assist and scoring one goal.
Sturridge has struggled with injury problems in recent seasons and former Liverpool star Souness was not at all impressed by what he saw from the 28-year-old against Newcastle on Sunday.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Souness said: “I thought he looked laboured, he looked a yard off the pace.
“I don’t think he can train properly and prepare properly. That’s maybe the single biggest reason why he keeps getting injury after injury.
“I watched him last year, I can’t remember which game it was, and his warm-up might have been at 30 per cent.
“Then, when the whistle goes in the first minute you might be expected to sprint – that’s how you injure yourself.
“And if you do that during the week in training, you’re never going to be right for match-days.
“Today, he looked like a player to me that hadn’t trained properly and hadn’t prepared for his opportunity.
“It might be another month or six weeks before Jurgen Klopp goes with him again. I thought he was so disappointing today. Looking at him today, he’s miles away.”
Sturridge will be hoping to be involved for Liverpool when the Reds return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against Manchester United at Anfield.
The Merseyside outfit are currently seven points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games of the new season.