Daniel Sturridge might be nearing the end of his Liverpool career according to Phil Thompson
Phil Thompson believes that Daniel Sturridge might be leaving Liverpool soon if ever he is not selected for the game against Villarreal.
Indeed, he was not in the team that started the game against Villarreal, and there is news that he might again not feature from the outset in the return leg. Liverpool lost the first leg 1-0 and did not come on the pitch even after his side conceded.
However, Sturridge did play in the game against Swansea, which his team lost 3-1. Phil Thompson said that Daniel Sturridge body language in the match against Swansea speak volumes about the player’s feeling and feel as if he knew that he was no longer part of Klopp’s plan.
Thompson added that it is never easy to be in this situation and that you always want to have your manager’s backing. He said that Sturridge will be desperate to feature in a game like this and that he will want to have playing time especially with the Euros coming in the summer. If ever he does not feature in the match then it would probably be the end of his Liverpool career as he would probably want to look for another club in the summer.
Klopp decided to favor a defensive team for the first leg in Spain and started with Firmino up front. Phil Thompson said that he understands the tactical reasons why Sturridge did not start the game, but at least he could have made a substitute appearance. Indeed, Liverpool could have scored on counter-attacks in the closing stage of the match especially with Sturridge pace.
He said that we will have to wait for the second leg to see whether Sturridge is selected before making any conclusions.