Dietmar Hamann has questioned whether Daniel Sturridge is actually injured and has urged Jurgen Klopp to stop protecting him.
Sturridge has been plagued with injuries in recent years and has made just six appearances this season, two under Klopp.
The German manager admitted on Tuesday that the striker has not trained with the team since before his last match, a substitute appearance against Newcastle United on December 6 - something that wasn’t previously known.
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Klopp is always extremely coy whenever asked about any questions regarding the former Chelsea player’s latest injury news, revealing very few details.
Hamann, who played for the Anfield club for seven seasons, believes that the Liverpool fans have a right to know the truth regarding Sturridge’s injuries and has urged Klopp to let them know.
“The club has got a responsibility to tell the paying public what is wrong with him,” Hamann told talkSPORT.
“If he has got a hamstring injury, an ankle injury, or whatever he may have, the people who pay for a season ticket have got a right to know what is wrong with him.
He continued: “He has three years left on his contract and I don’t see any reason, if there is nothing wrong with the player, why the club should protect him.”
Hamann, now 42, was teammates with Sturridge when they both played for Manchester City and he has his own opinion on the 26-year-old’s injury crisis.
“I don’t think there is too much wrong with the player,” Hamann admitted.
“If there is nothing wrong with him, it is more important to be honest and truthful with the paying public than to protect a player who has hardly played in the last 18 months, who seems to choose when he wants to play.”
In November, Klopp stated that his striker must know the difference between “serious pain and what is only pain.”
Hamann revealed that Sturridge, who made his senior debut at the age of 17 for the Citizens, was often complaining of niggles in the days leading up to a match during his time at the Etihad.
Always something wrong
“There was always something wrong with him on the Thursday or the Friday. His back, his hamstring, there was always something.” he said.
“If you look at his record since he has played professional football he probably doesn’t average half the games a season - and it has got worse at Liverpool.
“I am not saying he is pretending to be injured, I’m not sure. But if he is injured, say it. Nobody knows what is going on with him.”
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