Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke could be set for Liverpool scrapheap now, says ex-star
Liverpool strikers Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke could soon be on the scrapheap at the club following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp, according to Stan Collymore.
The England man only recently started his first game since April after a nightmare spell of injuries that dates back virtually a year.
And while Sturridge scored 22 league goals during the 2013/14 season when Liverpool finished runners-up there still remains big questions over his long term fitness.
Benteke meanwhile was signed for £32.5m from Aston Villa in the summer but is not renowned for his work ethic, with him being more of a target man.
And Collymore thinks he may struggle in the system under Klopp, who admitted in his press conference that he expects his players to work their socks off every game.
“Benteke and Sturridge will almost have to reinvent themselves,” he wrote in his column for Boylesports.com.
“Daniel can do it, make no mistake. But he’s going to have to prove his fitness to be in the manager’s long-term plans. As for Christian, I honestly don’t know if he’ll make it.”
Collymore also went on to say that Adam Lallana could be another heading for the exit door with him not the right profile of player for the German.
“Adam Lallana is another player who for me doesn’t fit the profile,” Collymore added.
“Not because he’s not willing to work hard – he most certainly is – but he’s not the kind of attacking midfielder who will be quick enough to implement high intensity pressing into his game.
“He’s languid and not the quickest, and perhaps at 27 that part of his game isn’t going to come easily, so I suggest he may be someone else on the move in the next few windows.”