Daniel Sturridge reveals his frustration at Jurgen Klopp's tactics

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Daniel Sturridge has surprisingly hit out at the way Jurgen Klopp used him during Liverpool's defeat to Burnley last weekend.

Klopp, who more often than not receives praise for his tactics and man management skills, chose to play Sturridge out wide rather than in his preferred position at centre-forward.

Liverpool dominated proceedings at Turf Moor on Saturday with 81% possession but lacked a cutting edge to seriously threaten Tom Heaton's goal too regularly.

And even though the Reds have already played a game since the shock loss, Sturridge has revealed his frustration at the role his manager gave him at Burnley.

The England international scored twice in the 5-0 victory over Burton Albion in the League Cup on Tuesday but was still stewing after the previous match.

“Of course, it is more difficult for me to play wide. I’m a centre-forward,” Sturridge told The Guardian.

“In the modern day game you have to try and be flexible but everyone knows my best position.

“Everyone knows where I enjoy playing the most. I’m a player who plays on instinct, and in the middle I have clarity on movements and things that I have been doing for years. I am on autopilot there.

"But when you are out wide, you have got to worry about different things. It’s just a different way. The way you move, the way you play – it is all different. You can’t play the same as you do as a centre-forward.”

It isn't the first sign of friction between Klopp and Sturridge.

After picking up so many injuries last season, the Liverpool manager told his striker to learn 'what serious pain was'.

A poor relationship with Klopp doesn't usually end well. Sturridge only needs to look at how Mamadou Sakho's role in the team has disappeared since falling out with the German in pre-season.

Nevertheless, the English striker has insisted he will continue to do his best on the wing but has no intentions to switch positions permanently.

He added: “Well, I have to do a job for the team. That’s not saying I am happy to do it. That’s saying I have got to do a job for the team. It’s a team game. If I am put in that position, I have to play there.”

All eyes will be on Klopp's team selection when they take on Tottenham on Saturday. If Sturridge does indeed start down the middle, it will represent a small victory for player power at Anfield.

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