It seems Daniel Sturridge can do little right in the eyes of most people at the moment.
He goes and scores a crucial goal in England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland, and still people continue to focus on the negatives.
Graeme Souness is the latest person to suggest that Sturridge isn’t prepared to work for the team and that, for this reason, he will fail to achieve what he is capable of.
He told the Sunday Times, via the Mirror: “Sturridge has that quality, but what he does not have, and which all successful teams want, is a work ethic.”
“That explains why two big clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea, have let him go and why he is now not in the starting team at a third big club, Liverpool. There have been some good judges who have doubts about him.”
“Sturridge is 27 now and I would suggest he’s not going to fulfil his potential. He either cannot maintain physically, because of his well-documented injuries, or does not want to mentally put in the shift as a team player that Jurgen Klopp demands.”
The next couple of years are crucial in terms of how Sturridge’s career is defined. It is too early, though, to suggest that he won’t fulfil his potential.
His movement in order to leave room for his teammates to work in and the way he drifts inside in order to play the role of creator, represents his work ethic.
He is a talent that cannot be overlooked and one that we feel this club must remain faithful to. Injuries can’t be helped and it just so happens that he has been painfully unlucky with them.
How long has it been, though, since he remained fit for this length of time? He is due to hit some form sooner or later. It seems wrong to criticise him at this stage given how he has only really featured as a substitute so far this season.
As for City and Chelsea’s decision to sell him, we prefer to treat it as our gain and poor judgement on their part.