Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has declared to manager Jurgen Klopp that he sees himself as a central striker and not as a winger.
It was after Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the EFL Cup on Tuesday that Sturridge said that he sees himself as a natural No. 9 and not as a winger.
“Of course it is more difficult for me to play wide. I’m a centre-forward,” Sturridge told the Guardian. “In the modern day game you have to try and be flexible but everyone knows my best position.
“Everyone knows where I enjoy playing the most. I’m a player who plays on instinct, and in the middle I have clarity on movements and things that I have been doing for years. I am on autopilot there. You just do things because you are used to doing it. But when you are out wide, you have got to worry about different things. It’s just a different way. The way you move, the way you play – it is all different. You can’t play the same as you do as a centre-forward.”
Asked if he was happy playing out on the wing, Sturridge replied: “Well, I have to do a job for the team. That’s not saying I am happy to do it. That’s saying I have got to do a job for the team. It’s a team game. If I am put in that position, I have to play there.”
It remains to be seen if Klopp will take Sturridge’s plea to heart or keep playing him on the wing. The Reds take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at White Hart Lane.