Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that striker Daniel Sturridge is not as happy as he would like the player to be at the club, because of a lack of playing time.
Sturridge scored in England’s 3-0 win over Scotland in the World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Friday night, as he fights to get back into the Reds first XI.
Despite being one of the few recognised strikers at the club, the former Manchester City player has struggled to make Klopp’s starting line-up.
The German boss told the club’s official site: “My opinion is very good about Daniel. It never changed. He is a wonderful football player. Why should I change (my opinion) after 70 minutes.
“In general, yes (he could be happier by playing more). He came back and was happy to see us again. I could see it in his face. That’s a good sign.”
His lack of game time for his club hasn’t affected the striker’s international chances, as he has started all three of Gareth Southgate’s competitive fixtures during his tenure.
But the player will know that his game time will need to increase ahead of the continuation of competitive international fixtures next year.
There has been much comment in the media over whether the 27-year-old should agitate for a move in January or fight for his place on Merseyside.