With the World Cup finals not that far away, and with Gareth Southgate, England’s manager, making it clear that he can’t call Daniel Sturridge as long as he’s not having regular playing time at Liverpool, rumours surfaced these last days, portraying the 28-year-old striker as willing to leave Anfield during the winter transfer window, so as to get that regular playing time somewhere else.
I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time, but that’s all. The situation with the player is completely OK. At this moment we are in November and need all our players — even if he feels a little different
Jurgen Klopp told reporters ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League game in Seville, Spain.
There is around one-and-a-half month before the window opens and I don’t think about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them
the German manager also said, avoiding the whole ‘Sturridge wants out’ talk at this point. It looks though that this is something he will have to deal with soon. These could well be the last World Cup finals the 28-year-old may be involved in, not because 32-33 is a no-no age, but because he is a 28-year-old who has already suffered a lot by serious injuries, whatever that means about his availability and level in 4-5 years’ time.