Should Liverpool sell injury-prone Daniel Sturridge?

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Jurgen Klopp hasn't had the greatest of luck with injuries since he took the reins of Liverpool in October.

The sickroom has been significantly larger than he would ideally have liked. In his few matches in charge, the German had just one recognised striker in Divock Origi at his deployment.

Klopp was likely starting to become more satisfied with his side prior to the Reds' kick-off against Bordeaux on Thursday evening. Christian Benteke was back fit, likewise Daniel Sturridge, who had yet to make an appearance under his new boss.

Sturridge was expected to feature at some point against the Ligue 1 outfit. Inevitably, disaster struck. News emerged that he would miss the game having picked up a fresh foot injury hours before kick-off, and had been sent to hospital for scans.

The England international's Liverpool career has been riddled with various injuries and he is beginning to frustrate a lot of people. Some fans see his latest setback as the final straw and believe Sturridge should be sold.

The question is, should Liverpool cash in on him or keep him?

Sell Him

When the Reds sold Luis Suarez in 2014, there were plenty of nervous faces pulled by supporters.

Suarez had been magnificent when the Merseyside outfit came within a whisker of winning the title the season prior, netting 31 goals in the league. His individual performances rarely failed to take the breath of Kopites and the Merseyside outfit could have well scooped their first Premier League title if he had not been suspended for their first eight matches.

Sturridge also was a key influence in Liverpool's near miss. The pair formed the deadly SAS partnership and the former Chelsea man grabbed himself 21 goals and was the Premier League's second top goalscorer behind his partner.

Although some panicked when Suarez departed for Barcelona, Sturridge was relishing the opportunity of becoming Liverpool's main man.

"I'll step up myself and everyone has to," he said during the summer of 2014. "It's everyone's job to do that, the new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. We will move forward as a team."


Unfortunately, Sturridge has not kept to his promises due to injuries he's suffered over the past year-and-a-half.

Since Suarez left for the Nou Camp, the 26-year-old has started just 15 of Liverpool's 78 matches. For long periods last term, the Reds were left virtually strikerless given the poor form Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert showed at Anfield.

Raheem Sterling was forced to lead the front-line for the large majority of last season and the Reds struggled to get the ball in the back of the net. Sterling was not a natural striker and often showed how uncomfortable he was being the furthest man forward.

Liverpool been better in the final third this term due to the recruitment of Benteke, but there's still room for improvement.

Given Sturridge's goalscoring record, it comes as no surprise why Brendan Rodgers and now Klopp have held out for so long to have the striker fit and ready. When it comes to natural goalscorers, there is not many better.

However, he cannot help Liverpool pick up points watching from the stands.


Suarez had a mentality of playing even if he had a slight knock. The Uruguayan wanted to play every single match and only a serious setback would prevent him from lining up from the start.

Sturridge's attitude is the complete opposite. If he has even the slightest of niggles, he will deem himself unfit and happily watch from the sidelines.

Given his attitude, questions have to be asked whether he will fit into Klopp's philosophy. The ex-Borussia Dortmund manager wants every individual to have a winning attitude that is selfless and will play for the good of the team.

Not that Sturridge doesn't have a winning attitude, but the fact that he will not play with a knock makes some ponder the question of how he will adapt to Klopp's tactics. The Liverpool boss requires every man on the pitch to run themselves ragged without the ball, putting his gegenpressing tactics into action.

The intensity higher's the risk of injury and it separates the boys from the men. If Sturridge was any average player, he may well have seen the door at Anfield already.

Top Player

However, he is not just a striker who gets you ten goals per season. He's arguably the best forward England have to offer when fully fit and is a match winner. He has every attribute a manager wants in a striker; pace, power, quick feet and the ability to create chances and score goals out of nothing.

Sturridge has played just three matches this season and has two goals to his name. He grabbed a brace to inspire Liverpool to a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa in September, with his first goal a well-timed volley that was all about his sublime technique.

From 70 appearances for the Reds, he's netted 42 times. His goalscoring record at Anfield is incredible and there is no wonder why he has been given plenty of time to get fit, and why Klopp wants to build his team around him. Sturridge is a presence in the attacking third and puts the fear of god into the opposition. If he had stayed injury free, Liverpool could well have finished in the top four last term.

He very much played in the shadow of Suarez during the 2013/14 season. Despite being the trusted lieutenant, Sturridge still finished on a superb tally and he was expected to surpass the 21 goals he scored being the main man at Anfield.


He also has a fantastic rapport with Philippe Coutinho. When the pair have combined in the past, it's like watching poetry in motion with both men instinctively knowing the run of the other. For Sturridge's second against Villa, Coutinho's divine back heel found the surging run of the Birmingham-born striker, who finished well on his unfavoured right foot.

Sturridge also has the potential to combine well with Benteke. The two started with one-another against Villa and, although it wasn't the greatest of partnerships, in theory, they should be a perfect match.

Benteke's physical presence will allow him to flick long balls into the scampering runs of Sturridge. Likewise, Sturridge's pace and clever movement would create plenty of room for Benteke inside the box.

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