Liverpool Striker Hits Out at 'Unfair' Criticism

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge at Anfield, Liverpool, October 22. Sturridge has not completed 90 minutes in the league for Liverpool this season and has hit back against criticism of his workrate. Jan Kruger/Getty

England and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has hit back at "unfair" critics of his workrate by saying he is just doing his job.

Sturridge scored in England's 3-0 victory over Scotland on Friday but Graeme Souness, writing in his Sunday Times column, said the 27-year-old had quality but no "work ethic."

Souness went on to say that the former Chelsea and Manchester City forward was "not going to fulfil his potential" due to injuries and the demands of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"I'm not worried about what other people say about me," Sturridge told The Times in response. "It's unfair because I feel that I contribute to the team. I assist, I score goals. It doesn't matter what people say about me.

"My job is to score, to create for the team. Maybe if I've dropped into midfield, I've gone too deep. You can drop there to create a different picture and cause them problems, [but] I feel that if I'm coming short to get involved in the game, then there is nobody up front in the center-forward position."

The 27-year-old has started four of Liverpool's 11 Premier League matches this season, but not completed 90 minutes.

Klopp's front three of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane have built a formidable partnership that Sturridge has struggled to break into.

The Reds sit top of the Premier League and face a trip to the south coast to take on Southampton on Saturday.