Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has warned Jurgen Klopp that he will not settle for a place on the bench.
The 26-year-old has struggled for fitness in recent seasons and become a source of frustration for those associated with the club.
However, Sturridge believes his injury woes are behind him and that he wants to play as much as possible to prove that's the case.
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He said, per the Mirror: "Maybe people don’t see this, but I am someone who wants to play every minute of every match, so when I’m not starting or taken off it’s hard to take.
"I am so ambitious, so hungry right now that it is hard to put into words.
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"Now I'm in a place where I feel amazing and ready to play as many games repeatedly and not break down."
What's clear is Sturridge hasn't lost any of his sharpness because of injury. In 21 appearances for Liverpool this season he has scored 11 goals, eight of which coming in the Premier League and four in as many league games recently.
Such a strike rate makes it all-the-more perplexing as to why manager Klopp decided to leave him on the bench against Villarreal on Thursday night.
The Englishman also refused to commit his long-term future to Liverpool.
"There are things I want to achieve with Liverpool," he continued, "but I would never say I am Liverpool until I die because I would be lying.
"I think any player who says this team is the only one I will play for the entirety of my career are deluded. In football, every team looks for replacements."
Such comments will likely spark speculation about his future, but he raises a perfectly reasonable point.
Football is becoming more and more like a business; when a player is regarded as a sellable asset, or past their use by date, they're moved on.
While actions certainly speak louder than words, Sturridge sounds like a man determined to put all his frustrations behind him and return to his scintillating best.
Whether his future lies at Liverpool remains to be seen, but what's certain is the striker is far too talented to be sat on the bench - and Klopp needs to realise that before he loses one of the Premier League's most clinical finishers.
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