Daniel Sturridge has refuted rumours that he is looking to leave Liverpool in the summer amidst recent claims that he is unhappy at the amount of gametime he is receiving under Jurgen Klopp.
Sturridge has been an impressive goal scorer for Liverpool since his £ 12 million move from Chelsea almost 3 years ago. However, he has also suffered from numerous injury problems – especially in last two years – that have restricted his time on the pitch. Rumours about Sturridge being unhappy surfaced after the striker was left out of the Europa league semi-final game against Villarreal.
This was the first leg and Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat. The club has been struggling without regular goalscorers throughout the campaign. Hence, it is surprising that Jurgen Klopp left out of the England international out of this game of mammoth importance. Interestingly, Klopp has been at loggerheads with Sturridge ever since he came to the club towards the end of 2015. The German has been unhappy with the way Sturridge has pulled himself out of games citing injury problems, although the striker has responded by claiming that these were genuine injury issues that have restricted to less than 25 games in each of the last two seasons.
Sturridge has scored 12 goals in 23 appearances in the 2015-16 season.”Yeah, of course I am happy here. I’m happy. I’m happy. I have never expressed not being happy here. I think it is everyone playing Devil’s Advocate.They see that I have been left out sometimes and they think ‘maybe that means he is unhappy’ but, at the end of the day, the manager has got a job to do. He has got to pick the team that he feels is best on the day. And I have got a job to do, which is to perform when I am playing,” said the striker after his involvement in the second leg at Anfield.