Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness bemoan 'laboured' Daniel Sturridge

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He's been at Liverpool for almost five years, but it seems Daniel Sturridge is running out of time at Anfield.

Sturridge's fall from one of the first names on the team sheet to playing back-up to converted striker Roberto Firmino has been astonishing, especially considering he scored 31 goals in his first 43 appearances for the Reds.

However, injuries have crucified him for the last three seasons, playing only 50 times in the Premier League since the start of the 2014/15 campaign, scoring just 16 times.

Now 28, the England international looks set to be ushered out of the exit at Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp is rapidly running out of patience with him.

Sturridge made a rare start in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle in place of Roberto Firmino, but was unable to take his chance.

Following the game, Sky Sports pundits and former Liverpool men Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness discussed his dramatic loss of form, with Carragher claiming Sturridge isn't the player he used to be.

"He [Klopp] doesn’t fancy him, he hasn't done for two years, that’s why he doesn’t play," he stated.

"People keep thinking that player who played with [Luis] Suarez when they nearly won the league is still there.

"I don’t think he is there anymore."


Graeme Souness, who captained and managed the Reds, was scathing in his criticism of the former Chelsea striker.

Sturridge went off with an injury in the 73rd minute, and Souness slated his 'laboured' display.

"He was laboured, a yard off the pace, I don’t think he can train properly, and that’s why he gets injury after injury," he said.

"I was watching him last year, and his warm up was like 30 per cent. Then he is expected to sprint when the game starts.

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"It might be another month, six weeks before Klopp plays him again.

"If everything is right, he would be one of the first names on the teamsheet. But looking at him today, he is miles off it.

"Klopp sacrificed the workrate of Firmino for a bit of magic from Sturridge, but he didn’t have it, he laboured today."

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Sturridge was named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers with Slovenia and Lithuania despite his poor form.

He missed a glorious chance to win the game for Liverpool yesterday, firing straight at Rob Elliot in the second half.

Philippe Coutinho had given Jurgen Klopp's side the lead with a stunning effort, only for Joselu to earn Newcastle a point just before half-time.

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