Liverpool fans don’t usually place too much emphasis on what Ryan Giggs says.
The Manchester United legend turned pundit may not be the Reds’ biggest fan, but the club might want to listen to what he has to say on Daniel Sturridge.
The Anfield striker came in for heavy criticism for his performance in an England shirt against Slovenia, notably hogging the ball on more than one occasion.
Giggs, who was covering the game with ITV, says Sturridge is not a world-class player – because there’s one thing holding him back.
“I played with Daniel Sturridge at the Olympics,” he said.
“He has everything; good touch, good finish, he’s quick, can run the channels. But to be a top player, it’s decision making, you have to make the right decisions. Today, there were too many bad decisions.”
Jurgen Klopp appears to share this low opinion of the forward, as he no longer bases his attack on him. To be fair, Liverpool simply can’t rely on Sturridge because of his injury record, hence why their attack now revolved around the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
If Sturridge can stay fit this season, it’s not too late for him to get back to his best under Klopp, but judging by Giggs’ comments, he’s got plenty of work to do to restore his reputation, too.