Daniel Sturridge came on for Liverpool against Southampton at the weekend and provided almost an immediate impact. Whilst he wasn’t able to help his team break the deadlock, Sturridge showed threat and perhaps did enough to make manager Jurgen Klopp think about his next Liverpool line-up.
Sturridge hasn’t been an automatic first choice under Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund manager making it clear he’ll look to other options if he’s unsure Sturridge is able to cope with the physical demands of repeat Premier League football.
It’s worked well for Klopp and now Sturridge has to show he’s worthy of a starting place in the Liverpool team.
Speaking on Saturday’s Match of the Day, Arsenal legend Ian Wright suggested that Sturridge will have to think of an exit in the winter transfer window if things don’t change before then: “He’s gotta think about what’s going on with himself in January.”
Wright believes Sturridge not starting was especially surprising given the miles covered by Liverpool’s Brazilians and Sadio Mane during the international break.
Should Sturridge push to leave Liverpool then it would be no surprise to see Wright’s former club Arsenal heavily linked, with Arsene Wenger on a perceived striker search for several years.