Saturday 20 January 2018

Jamie Carragher reveals Daniel Sturridge confronted him over comments made on Sky Sports

Daniel Sturridge asked Jamie Carragher to explain his comments. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Daniel Sturridge asked Jamie Carragher to explain his comments. CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Callum Davis

Jamie Carragher has revealed he was confronted by Daniel Sturridge over comments he had made about the striker's future at Liverpool.

According to the Sky Sports pundit Sturridge approached the former defender after the pair had both played in a pre-season match in Australia.

Jamie Carragher joined Steven Gerrard and Steve McManamann as a Liverpool XI played Sydney FC in a pre-season exhibition match in Australia.

“As soon as I got on the plane, I could see Sturridge wasn’t his normal self with me. And he pulled me in Australia after the game, or at half time when we’d come off," said Carragher in an interview with Anfield Extra, which was later transcribed by This Is Anfield.

“He said ‘why did you say they should sell me?’. I said ‘ooh, fair enough!’ I thought ‘I’m not having you putting me on the back foot’ so I went straight back and said ‘well, what else can they do?!’

“He wasn’t too happy that I’d said that, but my point was that a player of his quality, you either play or you go.

“I was happy he said it. It’s fair enough; we give stick out, and plenty of praise too, so who are we to say that someone can’t have an opinion on us?” he added.

"If I was him, I wouldn’t want to be on the bench, and from Klopp’s point of view there is nobody else on the bench he could get money for, if he needed say £20m or £25m.

“Listen, you could still keep him. If Daniel Sturridge is happy playing 25 games next season, you are not going to get many sub strikers with his quality.

“But to be honest I’d seen Slaven Bilic speak about him towards the end of the season, so I thought ‘oh, he’ll end up at a West Ham or somewhere’. But you see his quality, it’s difficult to go and buy a striker with that.”

Earlier this year Carragher suggested Sturridge's "legs had gone," after Southampton's Capital One Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool.

"When he plays and he doesn't score you're basically down to 10 men because he doesn't offer anything else," said Carragher, who was on punditry duty for Sky Sports.

"The only reason to have him in the team is for finishing ability. He doesn't do anything else in the game now."

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