Daniel Sturridge’s future has been the subject of much speculation over the last month. It seems the media are desperate to create a story where there isn’t one and are looking for the slightest suggestion that he’s unhappy to use as evidence.
Thankfully, the striker has moved to play down any rumours of a departure. It’s music to our ears.
“I am happy here,” he said.
“I have never expressed not being happy here. I think it is everyone playing devil’s advocate. They see that I have been left out sometimes and they think ‘maybe that means he is unhappy’ but at the end of the day the manager has got a job to do.
“He has got to pick the team that he feels is best on the day. And I have got a job to do, which is to perform when I am playing.
“There has never been any friction between me and the manager. Never. There is never any on my part and there is never any on the manager’s part, either, I don’t think. It is his job to pick the team. This is a team game and if he chooses to pick someone else, I have to take it on the chin.
“I can be upset if I am not playing. But that is natural for any player to be upset. You just have to take it on the chin. And when you do come on, you have to be in the right frame of mind.”
He also spoke about his goal last night, saying it was the most important of his career at the club:
“It’s the biggest goal I’ve scored for Liverpool, but hopefully there will be a lot more bigger games and a lot more bigger goals to come in the future,” he continued.
“It was a big night for us and to get a result like that was massive for us, for the fans and for the club.
“There is no doubt this is the fittest I’ve felt. It’s a few months since I have been back and I haven’t even had a day off. I’m not fronting this. I actually haven’t had a day off. When the other boys have had days off, I have been in.”