News

Thompson: “Sturridge has to leave”

Phil Thompson said that Daniel Sturridge has to leave Liverpool if he wants to be part of the national team squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia as he just doesn’t have enough playing time under Jürgen Klopp.

The attacker has started just four Premier League games this season so far and it doesn’t seem to be enough for a chance to be part of the England World Cup squad. Sturridge was also left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest squad for friendlies with Germany and Brazil, with Tammy Abraham and Reds team-mate Dominic Solanke preferred, according to Sky Sports.

Phil Thompson is certain that the best option for Sturridge would be leaving the Reds as he claimed: “If I was Jurgen Klopp I’d want him to stay but I understand Sturridge wanting to go. He will not go to the World Cup if he continues within the current squad status. As a Liverpool fan, I want to see our squad remain together because it isn’t that big as it is and he does enhance it. However, on a personal side, having been a player, I’d be worried his chance is passing him by.”

The former Liverpool player also added: “This could maybe be his last World Cup, and when you look at the players who are in that squad, he can still have a major say if he can get back in there. He must be thinking he could play a part this summer. This could maybe be his last World Cup, and when you look at the players who are in that squad, he can still have a major say if he can get back in there. He must be thinking he could play a part this summer.”

Thomson thinks that Sturridge will have to go abroad or to a lower-profile club in England: “I don’t think one of the big six would take him so it is a big decision what he does. He could also get games by going abroad. Defoe thought he was going to Bournemouth to play but he doesn’t get in and is now out of the England squad again, so Daniel has got to think about where he is guaranteed the minutes.”