Oft-hurt Sturridge likely to leave Reds

LONDON • Daniel Sturridge, the injury-plagued Liverpool striker, could try to quit Anfield in the summer because his commitment to the club has been questioned.

The England player, who has 21/2 years left on his contract, is said to be "fed up at a growing perception that he lacks the hunger to fulfil his potential" after two years in which a succession of injuries, including hip, knee, thigh and ankle problems, have severely restricted his appearances. He has played for less than five hours in a Liverpool shirt this season.

According to the Telegraph's Sam Wallace, the 26-year-old is "considering his future after growing unhappy with club's portrayal of his injury problems".

The British media reported on Thursday that he would be happy to leave the club if both parties can agree a deal.

This comes following widespread criticism of his reaction to injury, with many, including Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, questioning whether he should be willing to play through the pain.

"We have to accept that Danny was very often injured in the last few months, maybe years," the German told reporters in November. "With Danny you have to learn to adapt to new intensity of training and you have to learn what is serious pain and what is only pain."

Former Liverpool players, including Dietmar Hamann and Phil Thompson, have also proclaimed that Klopp should sign a new first-choice striker.

Sturridge is keen to prove his fitness and fight for Liverpool and believes he could play against Sunderland today, but Klopp is likely to pencil him in for a return only next week.

The striker is paid £150,000 a week, which means Liverpool are likely to demand a high price if he is to leave in the summer. He has the qualities of a £60 million striker, but his fitness record means he is likely to be valued closer to £20 million.

The Englishman could attract the attention of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, who will be in the market for a new striker this summer.

His former clubs Chelsea and Manchester City could also be in the mix, as both want to improve their home- grown quota.

THE TIMES, LONDON, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 06, 2016, with the headline 'Oft-hurt Sturridge likely to leave Reds'. Print Edition | Subscribe