Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Daniel Sturridge could become a football outcast says Ex Liverpool striker
Walsh believes that while the former City and Chelsea player is a talented forward, he could become a pariah if he doesn't get over the injury problems which have bothered him over the years.
Daniel Sturridge only recently returned to action for Liverpool, having sat out for most of the season with a hamstring injury. He cut a frustrated figure up front during the Capital One Cup final against former club Manchester City, and was powerless to prevent his team from suffering defeat.
Walsh, quoted in the Mirror, insists that clubs wouldn't be willing to take the risk on Sturridge, in spite of all his quality.
"Daniel Sturridge has got all the qualities to be a world-class striker, apart from one can't keep himself fit," said Walsh.
"There has been talk that Jurgen Klopp has made up his mind and that he will sell Sturridge in the summer.
"But Liverpool would want big money for him - and I don't see why any club would buy Sturridge when he has hardly been on the pitch for the last two years."
Walsh also pointed out that the 26-year-old could show more willingness to play through injury, and not wait to be totally fit before suiting up again.
"Daniel has got himself a reputation of not being prepared to play unless he is absolutely 100 per cent fit," he added.
"I don't know whether it is a fair criticism of him, but those are the noises coming out of Anfield. And once you become known as being a bit soft, it is hard to change the perception of you.
"Every player I've known has played through the pain barrier at some point in their career."
According to Walsh, Sturridge needs to start winning trophies for Liverpool, as he hasn't won anything since leaving Stamford Bridge.
"He's got to start delivering. The trophies he has won all came when he was a squad player at Chelsea.
"It's about time he started doing the business in big games for Liverpool."