Sunday 11 December 2016

Danny Murphy - I'd be surprised if Daniel Sturridge is a Liverpool player next year

David Smith

Published 18/10/2016 | 10:37

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

Danny Murphy feels Daniel Sturridge's days at Anfield are numbered.

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The former Liverpool midfielder hates Sturridge highly, but feels the English striker is unsuited to Jurgen Klopp's preferred style of play.

"It's a difficult one with Sturridge because I think he's the most talented striker in England the best finisher but the way Klopp wants to play I can't see him being first choice when everybody's fit," Murphy said on BBC Five Live.

"He doesn't seem the like the type of lad to sit around on the bench.

"I'd be surprised if next season he was still a Liverpool player".

Sturridge has yet to score in the Premier League this season, and was withdrawn after an hour last night at Anfield after a subdued performance in the Reds' 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

Murphy also agreed that Liverpool improved after replacing Sturridge with Adam Lallana.

"The obvious reason for that is the way that he wants them to play without the ball," he explained.

"Daniel is obviously a superb player when they've got good possessions and lots of the ball.

"He's not as tenacious with his closing down and his pressing as Firmino and the other boys".

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