Jurgen Klopp responds to Daniel Sturridge's concern about playing out wide

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You’d think that after struggling with injuries for several seasons, Daniel Sturridge would just be happy to be playing for Liverpool.

However, the 26-year-old has expressed his displeasure at being played on the wing, rather than as a striker by manager Jurgen Klopp.

Sturridge explained in detail why he wasn’t happy being deployed as a winger in an interview with the Guardian.

He said: "Of course it is more difficult for me to play wide. I'm a centre-forward. In the modern day game you have to try and be flexible but everyone knows my best position.

Asked whether he was happy playing out wide, Sturridge said: "Well, I have to do a job for the team. That's not saying I am happy to do it.”

A day after these comments were published, Klopp was always going to be asked about it in his press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Tottenham on Saturday.

Klopp on Sturridge's concerns

The German manager responded to Sturbridge’s concerns and reassured everyone that there is ‘no problem.’

"I don't want to play Daniel as a wide player but he can play there,” he said.

"It wasn't a fixed position for him. There is absolutely no problem.

"Daniel is a very smart player. He's good at getting himself into positions where it's not easy to defend. It's not that you play there and wait until something happens. It's flexible football. It's about getting in and around the box."

With the likes of Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings all battling him for that sole striker position, Sturridge may have no choice but to accept a place on the wing if he wants to start regularly.

However, the moment Sturridge stops working hard for the side due to his unhappiness at operating as a winger, expect to see Klopp dropping him from the first-team altogether.

But Sturridge did his best to remind his manager just how prolific he is when he came on against Burton Albion on Tuesday night.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea man scored twice as a substitute taking his Liverpool tally to 55 goals in 94 appearances. You certainly can’t argue with that sort of goalscoring record and maybe Sturridge does have a point about wanting to play down the middle.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Klopp uses Sturridge going forward with him being made fully aware that he isn't best pleased playing out wide.

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