With a rather impressive goalscoring record of 55 goals in 99 appearances for Liverpool, you’d think that Daniel Sturridge would be a guaranteed starter for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
However, it seems as though the German boss prefers Roberto Firmino as a false nine, with Sturridge having to make do with a place on the bench more often than not.
With injury concerns surrounding Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum ahead of the clash with Manchester United on Monday night, it looks as though the striker will make his 100th appearance for the club from the start.
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Although Sturridge is very much involved in the first-team, club legend Jamie Carragher doesn’t feel that the striker will be on Merseyside for too much longer.
That’s because he believes that, when everyone is fit, Sturridge won’t make Klopp’s starting line-up - something he's not going to accept.
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When asked if Sturridge has a long-term future at Liverpool, Carragher said: “Possibly not.
“Because I think when Jurgen Klopp picks his best team, when everyone’s fit, I don’t think Sturridge is in it, at this moment.
“I think Daniel may play on Monday because of a few injuries and Firmino may play out wide and Coutinho may play central, that was the situation at Swansea and Liverpool won.
“But when everyone’s fit and firing, I don’t think he quite gets in the eleven.
“When he doesn’t, I think it’s (been) proven at the end of last season at times, and even this season on the back of a great win at Chelsea.
"I think there was a home game a week later and he wasn’t involved – having been part of a victory at Chelsea – I think that shows that.”
While there’s no doubting Sturridge’s ability, it’s pretty clear why Klopp has been leaving him out of his XI.
The German manager has installed a high-pressing game at Anfield - something that suits Firmino much more than Sturridge.
With Sturridge’s injury problems in recent years, chasing down defenders for 90 minutes certainly doesn’t suit his game but Carragher is aware that the striker is good enough for most teams in the league.
“I think Daniel’s goal scoring record alone is fantastic – he would walk into most teams – but Jurgen Klopp wants a lot more than just scoring goals from his attacking players,” he added.
“He wants work rate, players coming back to help the team. I think Firmino fits that bill for him at this moment in that central role.”
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