Former Reds’ midfielder Dietmar Hamann has demanded that Liverpool FC ‘stop protecting’ Daniel Sturridge, insisting that the paying supporters deserve to know exactly what is going on with the England international.
After showing so much promise during the 2013/2014 season playing alongside Luis Suárez, Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool FC career seems to be on a downward trend, with the England international seemingly spending more time in the treatment room than on the football pitch.
Sturridge has started just three Premier League games for the Reds this season, and after reportedly suffering a hamstring injury in early December, the former Manchester City and Chelsea FC striker has not featured at all for Jürgen Klopp’s side.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder Didi Hamann has demanded answers from the club, insisting that the Anfield outfit should be honest in communicating the 26-year-old’s injury situation to the paying supporters. The pundit also controversially opined that Sturridge ‘chooses when he wants to play’.
Hamann is quoted by talkSPORT as saying: “The club has got a responsibility to tell the paying public what is wrong with him. If he has got a hamstring injury, an ankle injury, or whatever he may have, the people who pay for a season ticket have got a right to know what is wrong with him.
“Judging by the way Jurgen Klopp answered his questions [ahead of the Manchester United game] I don’t think there is too much wrong with the player.
“If there is nothing wrong with him, it is more important to be honest and truthful with the paying public than to protect a player who has hardly played in the last 18 months, who seems to choose when he wants to play.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 19, 2016
Liverpool FC could have to make a tough decision about Sturridge soon
Although there is no doubt that Daniel Sturridge is a hugely talented striker and prolific when fit, his injury problems have surely made the Reds’ hierarchy question whether he is worth the £150,000-a-week wages he is reportedly being paid.
Quite simply, Liverpool FC cannot justify paying the England international among the highest wages at the club when the striker seems to be on the treatment table longer than he is in action on the pitch. Klopp and the club could have a tough decision to make in the near future regarding Sturridge, and although it would be a pity to see a hugely promising Reds’ career fizzle out in such fashion, the club cannot continue to be left in limbo, and without a quality first-choice striker week in, week out.