Friday 17 November 2017

Daniel Sturridge prepared to quit Liverpool this summer over club's portrayal of injury woes

Daniel Sturridge returned to full Liverpool training as scheduled on Wednesday
Daniel Sturridge returned to full Liverpool training as scheduled on Wednesday

Sam Wallace

The first cracks in Daniel Sturridge’s relationship with Liverpool have appeared with strong suggestions that the striker would be prepared to leave the club if both parties could agree a deal.

Sturridge, 26, has played just six games his season although he is getting close to fitness once again after a hamstring injury and if he does not play against Sunderland on Saturday, then he should be fit for the FA Cup replay away at West Ham on Tuesday. Nevertheless, there is unhappiness from the striker’s camp at the way in which his long standing injury problems have been portrayed by the club.

 Sturridge has played just 24 games for Liverpool since his remarkable 2013-2014 season in which he scored 21 Premier League goals. Whether he would attract the kind of fee that Liverpool would be prepared to sell him for remains to be seen, given the very serious concerns that Jurgen Klopp has voiced about the player’s attitude to pain.

The German coach said that Sturridge needed to learn the difference between “what is pain and what is serious pain”. The player’s long-term injury problems, which began during an England training session in September 2014, have been a constant worry for the club and its medical department who have done everything they can to get the player fit, including trips to Boston for specialist treatment.

Sturridge will have just two years left on his contract come the summer which is a critical point for the club. They will have to decide whether they want to give him a new deal or sell a player who will lose value dramatically if he is allowed to run down his deal.

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