Jurgen Klopp is reportedly ready to sanction the sale of Daniel Sturridge in the summer after getting fed up of the injury record of the Liverpool striker.
Daily Mirror are claiming that Jurgen Klopp has lost his patience with English international Daniel Sturridge. The Liverpool frontman has had previous spells at Chelsea and Manchester City as well before arriving at Anfield and it seems he could be on his way out of another top Premier League club come the end of the current campaign.
There is no doubt as to the talent Sturridge possesses. He was unable to prove himself at Chelsea and Manchester City. He did not get enough chances at Manchester City and was played out of position at Stamford Bridge but there never was a doubt at either clubs to the level of talent that Sturridge was.
Since moving to Liverpool, he has shown what a potent goalscoring threat he is, whenever fit, with spells of absolute magic at Anfield.
He has an incredible return of 60 goals and 21 assists in just 112 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, astounding numbers, averaging 1 goal in just under 2 games. But, when you look at the frequency of injury issues and the games missed due to them, you end up imagining what a superstar he would have become, if not for these issues.
Since joining Liverpool, the English international has missed a total of 81 matches due to various injury issues, 81 matches in just over 4 years of his Red career. This season, too, has been marred by spells on the sidelines, something that has frustrated the German manager.
Klopp has always maintained his stance on Sturridge being a quality forward but his injury-prone nature is now starting to affect the whole squad. The German boss needs someone he can rely on and he has no striker at the same level as Sturridge, who is always riddled with injuries.
He has started just 5 Premier League games this season so far, with a return of 2 goals and 1 assist in a total of 13 league appearances, way under his usual average. And now as per the report, Klopp has lost his patience with the injury-riddled striker.
The German boss is set to pull the plug on Sturridge’s Liverpool career as he prepares to sanction the sale of the English international at the end of the current campaign.
The biggest and perhaps the most unfortunate thing about Sturridge is, at the age of 27, he has failed to develop into a superstar or a potent threat akin to other striking sensations. And its not because he doesn’t have the talent or quality to do so, but that the injuries have stagnated his growth or ability to produce magic on a consistent basis.
And it looks like he will now have to find a new home for him for another attempt at overcoming the injuries and establishing himself as a brand in European football.