Sturridge has admitted he prefers to play centrally.

Jamie Carragher names Daniel Sturridge's biggest problem at Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge is not enduring the easiest of starts to the new campaign at Liverpool, having been forced to play out wide by Jurgen Klopp, and being reduced to making just a brief appearance for the Reds at Tottenham this weekend, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute.

The 26-year-old has never really enjoyed a full season at Anfield where issues haven't arisen - aside from the 2013/14 campaign in which he and Luis Suarez were prolific for the Reds - having been hampered by injuries.

Sturridge's issues so far this campaign have not been so much about as injuries as they have about his role in the team under Klopp.


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It is no secret that the 26-year-old is not happy being forced out wide, away from his natural central role but, as reported by Sky Sports, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher fears Sturridge could be left on the bench in the big games.

"I think that the problem Sturridge has got - there's two or three - is that if you actually look at the way Liverpool are playing this season, they're playing with one striker," said Carragher.

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"Roberto Firmino usually plays as a number 10 or at times as a striker so they're playing a 4-3-3. Daniel is not a great wide player - he has mentioned that he doesn't want to play there - so if he's going for the striking position, in big games, I don't think he's going to play."

And it is the Brazil international that Carragher believes could significantly hamper Sturridge's opportunities, despite hinting it is Firmino that would benefit from playing out wide.

Counter attack

"I'm not a massive fan of Firmino as the lone striker against opposition Liverpool should beat." Carragher added. "He doesn't have great presence or pace to get in behind, but in games like today, like Arsenal or Chelsea last season, he is fantastic at winning the ball back and then Liverpool counter-attack.

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"So he gets a few goals but he's not in your head a natural centre-forward that can get in behind and get lots of goals - you do think of Sturridge - but Jurgen Klopp loves him. He starts this counter-pressing that Klopp always talks about and he will be one of the first names on the sheet."

However, despite the debate surrounding who should start centrally for Liverpool, neither Firmino or Sturridge - understandably, considering his lack of minutes on the pitch this season- have managed to register a league goal so far this campaign.

Mane no issue

Sadio Mane was brought in from Southampton this summer, and to great effect. However, Carragher doesn't believe the Senegal international will be the biggest hindrance to Sturridge's chances this campaign.

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"So it's not so much Sadio Mane; the biggest problem Sturridge has got in big games is Firmino." Carragher added.

It will, though, be up to Klopp to manage his squad and ensure he keeps his players happy, as Sturridge has proved on endless occasions that he is confident in front of goal, and injuries have never seemed to hamper his ability to find the back of the net, upon his return.

The England striker will not accept becoming a bit-part player under Klopp, and it's up to the Liverpool boss to find the perfect solution.

Can Daniel Sturridge convince Jurgen Klopp to return him to his natural central role? Give your opinion in the comment box below.

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