Arsenal legend Ian Wright has advised Daniel Sturridge to consider his future at Liverpool after the striker failed to break into the starting lineup against Southampton. Jurgen Klopp decided to start with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as the three players to lead the attack in the goalless draw at St Mary's Stadium on 19 November.
The clash against the Saints was the first match after the last international break of this calendar year. Coutinho and Firmino were part of the Brazil squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Peru, while Mane was with the Senegal squad.
Sturridge was impressive for England and even scored in the Three Lions' 3-0 win over Scotland during the World Cup qualifier. However, on his return to Liverpool, the German manager decided against starting the former Manchester City and Chelsea man and was forced to settle for a place on the bench.
"When you look at it (Coutinho, Firmino and Mane's globetrotting), if Daniel Sturridge - who has just scored for England and is buzzing - can't get in the team when those lads have done so many miles, he's got to start looking at what's going on for himself in January," Wright was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
Coutinho, Firmino and Mane returned to Anfield after clocking up 40,000 air miles during the international break. Despite that, the former Borussia Dortmund manager kept Sturridge on the bench and he came on as a second-half substitute in the 78th minute against Southampton.
According to the Mirror, West Ham United and Stoke City are looking at the option of signing the 27-year-old. Klopp admitted that Sturridge is happy at Liverpool and ruled out any possibility of a January sale.
"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)," Klopp explained.