Carra questions Sturridge, thinks Reds could sell

Matt Stead

Jamie Carragher has questioned the mentality of Daniel Sturridge, with the Liverpool legend wondering whether the club should sell the striker.

Sturridge picked up his eighth separate injuries since signing for Liverpool in January 2013 earlier this week, ruling him out of the Europa League clash with Bordeaux.

The England striker is yet to feature under new manager Jurgen Klopp, who has said the 26-year-old “must learn what is serious pain and what is only pain“.

A section of the Liverpool support also believe the club must contemplate selling Sturridge, which Carragher also contemplates.

‘The one thing I remember most of all from being his team-mate is that he had to feel 100 per cent right mentally and physically in order to play,’ Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.

‘The thing is, with professional football, it’s not often any player will take to the field 100 per cent fit. There is always a knock or something niggling and when that is the case, you just grit your teeth and get through it.

‘But Sturridge’s continued unavailability is presenting Liverpool with a problem now. If they put him up for sale, every top club bar Manchester City would take him over their strikers, but how long can Liverpool wait for him to be ready? Do the club start to think they need to move him on, to get a good fee and save on his big wages?

‘Do the club start to think they need to move him on, to get a good fee and save on his big wages?

‘Christian Benteke’s arrival was a statement from the owners and Brendan Rodgers that they could no longer rely on Sturridge and it looks as if Harry Kane has overtaken him with England through his consistent availability and his performances.

‘I’m a massive fan of Kane but a fully-fit Sturridge is better. Daniel’s problem now, though, is that he’s being remembered more for injuries than goals. And he is the only man who can change that perception.”