Whether Daniel Sturridge is a Liverpool player for the foreseeable future is a topic regularly debated by supporters.
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The 27-year-old has made just four starts in eight appearances so far, and has averaged 46.75 minutes per game; Firmino has started all nine of his outings, averaging 84.7 minutes per game.
His latest start came against Manchester United in Monday night’s 0-0 draw, but struggled to make an impact before being substituted midway through the second half.
Discussing Sturridge’s long-term prospects on Merseyside as part of the latest episode of Blow the Whistle, Betway Insider panellists Tom Clee and Jack Green took different stances over the England international’s future.
“He didn’t get a look in against United, so let’s not read too much into that,” Clee said.
“But the signs have been there for a while: his lack of starts under Klopp, and also those frosty back-and-forths with the German in the press.”
However, arguing against Clee’s testimony, Green said: “I think Sturridge has a future at Liverpool.”
“You don’t write off a player of his talent on the basis of a slow start to the season,” he countered.
“Just look at his scoring record: 43 league goals in 75 games Liverpool, that’s a great record.
“Klopp’s a smart man, he’s going to find a way to fit him in, and as ever, if he stays fit, this is going to be a good season for him.”
Green’s argument is certainly more measured, particularly given the Premier League season is just eight games old, but Klopp favouring Firmino cannot be ignored.
Whether Sturridge remains a Liverpool player for the long term likely depends on his opportunities for the rest of the campaign.
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