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Carragher: Sturridge too good for bench role

Daniel Sturridge (Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has revealed that Daniel Sturridge wasn't happy about his comments advising Jurgen Klopp to sell him.

Sturridge has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under Klopp, which resulted in Carragher commenting that the England international should perhaps move on to a different club.

Sturridge confronted Carragher during the Reds' recent post-season trip to Australia, asking him why he wants to see Klopp sell him.

“As soon as I got on the plane, I could see Sturridge wasn’t his normal self with me. And he pulled me in Australia after the game, or at half time when we’d come off," Carragher, who was part of the squad for the game against Sydney FC, told the Liverpool Echo.

“He said ‘why did you say they should sell me?’.

“I said ‘ooh, fair enough!’ I thought ‘I’m not having you putting me on the back foot’ so I went straight back and said ‘well, what else can they do?!’

“He wasn’t too happy that I’d said that, but my point was that a player of his quality, you either play or you go. If I was him, I wouldn’t want to be on the bench, and from Klopp’s point of view there is nobody else on the bench he could get money for, if he needed say £20m or £25m.

“Listen, you could still keep him. If Daniel Sturridge is happy playing 25 games next season, you are not going to get many sub strikers with his quality.

“But to be honest I’d seen Slaven Bilic speak about him towards the end of the season, so I thought ‘oh, he’ll end up at a West Ham or somewhere’. But you see his quality, it’s difficult to go and buy a striker with that.”

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