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Ian Wright urges Liverpool star to consider leaving in January

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Despite dominating proceedings at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool were held to a goalless draw against Southampton.

Try as they might, the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were unable to break the deadlock and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

They now sit second on 27 points, level with Manchester City and one behind Chelsea, who secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.

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Liverpool lacked composure in front of goal on the south coast, with Firmino particularly guilty of missing golden opportunities to secure a ninth win of the season.

So where was Daniel Sturridge?

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The England international once again started on the bench and was only brought on by Jurgen Klopp in the 78th minute, replacing Emre Can. Unsurprisingly, Sturridge made very little impact and was unable to score the winner.

Klopp's decision to not start the 27-year-old was a confusing one considering Mane, Coutinho and Firmino had all clocked up thousands of miles while travelling during the international break.

Sturridge, on the other hand, was fresh as a daisy having made the short trip down to London for England's games against Scotland and Spain at Wembley.

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Ian Wright certainly felt Sturridge should have started against Southampton and, speaking on Saturday's Match of the Day, claimed the Liverpool striker should seriously consider leaving in January.

He said: "When you look at it, if Daniel Sturridge - who has just scored for England and is buzzing - can't get in the team when those lads (Coutinho, Firmino and Mane) have done so many miles, he's got to start looking at what's going on for himself in January."

Wright makes a perfectly valid point - but not in the eyes of Liverpool fans, who believe the Arsenal legend was trying to convince Sturridge of joining his former club.

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Sturridge has yet to score in the Premier League this season, having made four starts and five appearances from the bench.

Many thought his brace against Tottenham in the EFL Cup last month would see the England striker brought back into Klopp's starting XI, but that hasn't proved to be the case.

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"It was good, he did what he had to do, and it was brilliant," Klopp said of Sturridge's performance, per Sky Sports.

"He could have scored three or four, but it was really good. That's his real strength and he showed it again."

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