Daniel Sturridge must be wondering where he stands with Jurgen Klopp and whether his long-term future is at Liverpool after being left on the bench against Villarreal on Thursday night.
In what was surely Liverpool’s biggest match of the season, Klopp decided to leave the England international out of his starting line-up for tactical reasons.
Sturridge had scored in each of his previous three appearances for the Reds before the trip to El Madrigal, but Klopp decided it was in his team’s best interests to leave the 26-year-old on the substitutes’ bench - much to the bemusement of fans.
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Sturridge could be forgiven if he felt he didn’t have Klopp’s complete faith and confidence, so it will come as no surprise that the striker said in an interview this week “I would never say I am Liverpool until I die, because I would be lying”.
Asked if he could achieve his aims at Liverpool - in a question-and-answer session, per the Mirror - Sturridge responded: "Who knows what will happen. But there are things I want to achieve with Liverpool. There is always going to be speculation, other clubs being linked to you or whatever. But that is part of football and part of the game. I would never say I am Liverpool until I die, because I would be lying.
“I think any player who says ‘oh yeah, this is the only team I will play for, for the rest of my life’, they are deluded. In football every team looks for replacements every single year. So for myself all I can do every weekend is go out there, perform as well as I can, perform to the best of my abilities, and then come the end of the season hopefully have the European Championships to look forward to and to next year.”
Sturridge on Jurgen Klopp
And on whether Klopp could help him achieve his personal goals at Liverpool, Sturridge added: “It’s exciting, of course, what the manager is bringing and where we are heading. Maybe people don’t see this, but I am someone who wants to play every minute of every match, so maybe when I’m not starting or when I’m taken off, it’s hard to take... of course it’s hard to take because you want to be on the pitch every single match, every single minute. I can score a goal in the 95th minute, just like in the game against Dortmund.
“For myself I’m feeling so good right now, feeling great and my body is at a level where I’m able to play however many games a week repeatedly and not break down. I am doing everything in my power to be out there on the pitch, and I am feeling good as well.”
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