Liverpool legend Fairclough wants to see Sturridge improve his attitude.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Liverpool legend Fairclough has admitted that he has been disappointed with the attitude and desire of Daniel Sturridge, having seen the striker spend much of the season on the sidelines.
Fairclough said: “Daniel has real star quality but he has to work on his attitude and desire. You do have to be careful [about injuries], but sometimes you hope people show their grit and determination and put it aside to get out there.”
Sturridge has spent much of his Liverpool career on the sidelines, with last season and the start of this term being especially poor for the England international.
The 26-year-old has made just three appearances this season, and although his injuries are likely real occurrences, Fairclough believes that the time spent on the sidelines is a poor showing from Sturridge.
The former star believes that Sturridge lacks the grit and determination to simply play through the pain barrier, choosing to sit on the sidelines rather than take to the field of play.
There is no knowing from the public how bad Sturridge’s injuries actually are, and so Fairclough may be making some misguided comments about a player who has been seriously troubled for the past two years on the treatment table.
However, one thing is for sure; until Sturridge can start to play every week for Liverpool, the Merseyside club are bound to struggle to pick up results.