- Brendan Rodgers tried to make Liverpool pull out of a deal for Daniel Sturridge
- Northern Irishman worried about player’s attitude and fitness record
- But Sturridge was brilliant for one and a half seasons under our former manager
- SEE MORE: ‘Will you sell Sturridge?’ Klopp accepts LFC ace wants to leave, but ‘can’t think about it’
This is a really eye-opening claim from respected Liverpool correspondent Tony Evans.
The journalist is reporting that Daniel Sturridge was forced upon Brendan Rodgers in January 2013, with our former Northern Irish manager not actually wanting the striker in his squad.
This was because of his selfish attitude and a the fact minor injuries kept him out of matches.
As a result, Evans suggests, the forward should have no loyalty to Liverpool now he’s on the bench under Jurgen Klopp and should depart for the first-team football which would theoretically get him back in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad.
“Brendan Rodgers did not want Sturridge at Anfield. Initially, the deal was planned to go though in the summer transfer window of 2012,” Evans wrote in his column for ESPN.
“Rodgers scuppered the move at the last moment, much to the chagrin of the club’s hierarchy. Fenway Sports Group, the owners, would not be denied. Sturridge joined the club the next January and Rodgers had to accede to his employers’ wishes.”
Evans’s claims are strange because Sturridge immediately hit the ground running under Rodgers, a manager who supposedly didn’t want him.
He scored 11 goals in 16 appearances during the second half the of 2012/13 campaign following the January switch from Chelsea, backing it up with 24 in 33 the following season.
From then on though, injuries and the arrival of Klopp has scuppered his progress. In three full seasons following 2013/14, he’s scored 25 goals in total, not befitting a player of his undeniable talent.
This term, he’s on the bench when everybody is fit again, with Klopp blatantly preferring Roberto Firmino centrally.
We don’t think Liverpool should stand in Sturridge’s way too much longer.