Jurgen Klopp wants Daniel Sturridge to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo at Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge has made his unhappiness about playing out wide for Liverpool abundantly clear - but Jurgen Klopp is having none of it.

Despite insisting he doesn't want to play his star striker as a winger, the German also emphasised that Sturridge needs to learn that attackers have no set position in modern day football.

And to an extent, he's correct. No longer are Europe's top finishers solely responsible for putting the ball into the back of the net; now, they're expected to play anywhere across the attacking line to link up possession, provide crosses and apply pressure.


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Sturridge is a finisher through and through, but Klopp clearly wants to instil this ideology in the 26-year-old that he has other responsibilities.

In fact, the Liverpool manager wants him to be his version of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's clash with Tottenham this weekend, he said: "We don't have these defined positions in football any more - Cristiano Ronaldo plays on the wing but is always in the box when the ball is in and around it.

"It's not about running around all the time. I said I don’t want to make him a marathon runner, why should I?

"I don't want to play Daniel on the wing, why should I? It's not like 'Go here, go there always'. It's no problem to talk about it, but it's not an issue when a player says 'It's not my favourite position'."

Looks like Sturridge will be playing out wide a few more times this season than he would like.

Klopp also addressed rumours that he hasn't spoken to the Englishman about his role on Merseyside.

"Why should I explain to a player why he plays in a different position?," he added. "We spoke on the pitch, in tactical training, about what they have to do.

"It's 2016 and you're asking about a player who scores two in the centre, about how he feels when he sometimes plays on the wing.

"Ask him now. He scored two goals [against Burton on Tuesday night] from inside the box. That's where he has to be."

Klopp will need Sturridge to be fully focused and committed to the cause ahead of his side's heavyweight bout with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The Reds have three points after two games but need to get their season back on track after losing to Burnley in such unceremonious fashion at Turf Moor last weekend.

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