Daniel Sturridge has hinted that he could leave Liverpool if he continues to be used sparingly by manager Jurgen Klopp.
The England striker remained on the bench throughout Thursday’s Europa League clash with Villarreal and has started just three of the Reds’ last seven games despite scoring 11 goals in just 21 games this season.
There is a feeling that Sturridge – though an excellent player – is too individual for a Klopp side where the emphasis is on the collective.
“Maybe people don’t see this, but I am someone who wants to play every minute of every match, so maybe when I’m not starting or when I’m taken off, it’s hard to take,” said Sturridge at a promotional event for Sainsbury’s Active Kids ahead of Thursday’s snub from Klopp.
“You want to be on the pitch every single match, every single minute. It’s exciting, of course, what the manager is bringing and where we are heading. I am doing everything in my power to be out there on the pitch, and I am feeling good as well.
“There are things I want to achieve with Liverpool. I would never say I am Liverpool until I die, because I would be lying.
“I think any player who says ‘oh yeah, this is the only team I will play for, for the rest of my life’, they are deluded. In football every team looks for replacements every single year.
“So for myself all I can do every weekend is go out there, perform as well as I can, perform to the best of my abilities, and then come the end of the season hopefully have the European Championships to look forward to…and to next year.”
He added: “I’m feeling so good right now, feeling great and my body is at a level where I’m able to play however many games a week repeatedly and not break down.
“I am so ambitious, so hungry right now for success that it is hard to put it into words.
“Now I’m in a place where I feel amazing, and I feel ready. My body feels great, I’m ready to play every game for the team.”