Rodgers says Sturridge needs to adapt

    Rodgers was the manager when Sturridge arrived in January 2013

    Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that Daniel Sturridge needs to bring more to his game if he wants to be a part of Jurgen Klopp’s side in the long-term.

    The Celtic manager brought Sturridge to Anfield back in January 2013 in a deal worth a reported £12m from rivals Chelsea.

    Sturridge quickly established himself as a key player in Rodgers’ side as they went close to lifting a first league title since 1990 in the 2013/14 season.

    But he has struggled to hold down a regular spot in Klopp’s side thanks to injuries, a loss of pace and a lack of adaptability – and Rodgers feels he needs to make adjustments.

    “Daniel will always get goals, he has that quality, but it’s about trying to fit it into the way your team works.” he said.

    “That wasn’t easy to do when I was at Liverpool. We always had to find a way to fit him in the team.

    “Sometimes he was out wide with Luis Suarez central and other games he was central and Luis was wide.

    “There was always a conundrum there because you want to be aggressive and press the game and there are certain areas of the pitch where you always have to look – if Daniel is in the team – where you can and can’t press.

    “There is no doubting his goalscoring ability but a number nine in the modern game now has to give more than that.

    “I brought him into the club because I wanted to build a team that was fast, dynamic, unpredictable, had power and pace and Daniel gave us all of that.

    “He joined us in the January and for the next eighteen months he was incredible.

    “He has the talent to be one of the best players and strikers in the world, but the best players in the world are available.

    “You look at Suarez, Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo – they play games.

    “They are churning out fifty, sixty games a season, plus international games, so you have to be available.

    “If he is available and he is fighting and pressing and running, everything else comes natural to him.” he finished.

    Sturridge has been heavily linked with a Summer exit from the club.

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