Matip say's Coutinho & Sturridge are the most talented players in the squad. He's still got it.
***I'm doin' the D. Studge dance***
An in form Sturridge is lethal and one of Europe's better strikers. Regretfully it's been a while since we've seen what he can really do.
Imagine if Firmino had his finishing instinct, quick thinking and inventiveness in the box (that's the only criticism I have of Firmino, often he just doesn't fire shots away quick enough). That would be one world class player.
Anybody still wish he started today? Could've really done with his pressing
James Pearce @JamesPearceEcho 10m10 minutes ago
Daniel Sturridge has flown home to the UK early from #LFC training camp due to a virus.
Sturridge rushes home from unique training camp opportunity pivotal to the business end of the season.......with a runny nose
He only really even gets on the pitch when we're desperate for a late goal, and he hasn't delivered in that respect either.
I don't know, this training camp is a set up for the last big push, both physically and mentally and again he's not present.
In isolation it would be ok but as we know, with his injuries and lack of form this season, it really doesn't bode well for him and you'd think he'd be fighting for his future here....or its just more genuine bad luck, but either way it amounts to the same....the player is not present yet again and continues to sit on the periphery
We overreacting because there's a bug going round and he happens to have it?
To be fair, if Sturridge has a virus, it's better that he's not around the rest of our squad.
It's a shame though.
Like I said above, whatever the score with his injuries and this virus, its always at the worst poss time in terms of making his way back into this team.
He'll be gone in the summer no doubt
Jaysus, make a tiny pointless joke about a runny nose and its taken literally
I thought it was a bit mean, but if no malice intended, fair dos. We all know Sturridge will be the one that got away, so much talent, so little potential fulfilled. It's very sad.
What I can't understand is why Klopp and his team bothered to rehabilitate him for months towards the end of last season, only to not use him this season. Seems a waste of time and effort. He's had a few issues this season, but nowhere near as bad as he was. Some other team will benefit, no doubt.
I think the bigger issue is this season specifically, he did get a run of games during a key period over Xmas and New Year, and in the absence of Mane and Coutinho he just didn't step up and really struggled to the point of, and I hate to agree with Carra on this, it was like playing with ten men.
He was rehabilitated but then its his responsibility to the make the most of the opportunities he has, and with his ability, make himself a sure fire starter, but sadly the opposite happened.
I think perhaps if he'd netted a couple against Southampton in that EFL Cup semi tie at Anfield we could be looking a slightly different story, but he missed his big chances and such are the fine lines in football.
Top player on his day no doubt but I also don't think he suits Klopp's methods and we need more from our striker in this set up than perhaps Sturridge can provide
If you read above I was advocating that he should play up front for us until the rest of the season until he breaks. But you are right, it always seems to happen at weird times with Daniel, his Christmas fixture stats are shockingly bad across all clubs, is it really coincidence!
It is a real shame with what has happened to Sturridge and it shows exactly why professional athletes can never take their careers for granted. In a blink it could change, and those 2 years of injuries stopped him becoming elite imo. He had the potential to be the best 9 in europe but just didn't happen.
None of us can prevent injuries or illnesses all together, but one would think that with proper training and care, Sturridge would be able to go longer without injury or illness. He is one of the most talented strikers in the Premier League, but what worth is it to a team to have him unable to play so often. I personally like him and would not want him to leave LFC. However, it seems inevitable that he will go in the summer.
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