Jürgen Klopp has warned Daniel Sturridge that he cannot promise him playing time in the coming months if he decides to stay at Liverpool .
Sturridge’s five-year spell at Anfield could come to an end this month as Sevilla and
Internazionale vie for his signature, though a temporary loan move is understood to be more likely than a permanent departure.
The 28-year-old has struggled to earn regular minutes out on the pitch under Klopp this season and faces an uphill task to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Sturridge is willing to move abroad in order to secure regular first-team football and Klopp reminded the striker on Friday that if he remains at Liverpool beyond the 31 January deadline, there will be no guarantees that he plays.
“I have never in my life promised a player game time for the next few months,” Klopp said. “It is not possible. We have mentioned all the things like it was so far.
“When Daniel is fit, training in shape he is still an outstanding striker there is no doubt about that. But he did not play the last few weeks – for different reasons.
“Of course one of them was Roberto Firmino’s performance, then Dom Solanke’s development. And Daniel was in and out of training. In general more in than out in training, but the time he was in he was a little unlucky with games. That was the situation, not more.”