Alan Brazil mocks Daniel Sturridge saying Liverpool striker needs help from Paul McKenna

Daniel Sturridge

Former Manchester United striker Alan Brazil has his say on Daniel Sturridge as the debate over the injury-stricken Liverpool star rumbles on.

Sturridge, 26, continues to battle injury and has made only 10 Premier League starts since the beginning of last season.

He has not played since injuring a hamstring on December 6 and has only featured in 24 of 92 games for the Reds from the 2014/15 season onwards.

Sturridge, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea for £12m in 2013, has suffered a series of injury troubles during his time at Anfield including a torn hip muscle that needed an operation.

His fitness, or lack thereof, has been the subject of fervent debate in recent weeks with Liverpool legends such as Graeme Souness and Dietmar Hamann criticising the star striker and saying he should be sold.

There has been speculation the likes of West Ham United could be in for the England man, as reported by The Express.

The subject was being discussed on Brazil's talkSPORT Breakfast show with Sturridge's former boss Brendan Rodgers who said the striker has been 'unlucky'.

'Is it in his head or is it a fragile body?'

But while Brazil acknowledged Sturridge's supreme quality, he strongly disagreed that he is simply unlucky.

"Certain players will play through any pain barrier," Brazil said on talkSPORT.

"Other payers, they've got to be in their mind 100% fit.

"But this is a unique case this is (with) Daniel and I agree totally, (even) when he's 90% he's a hell of a player and when he takes chances he takes them for fun.

"It's just so natural, bang the ball is in the back of the net, but Didi Hamann has been been very outspoken (about Sturridge's injury problems), ex-Liverpool, saying that the fans need to know what the hell is wrong.

"Is it in his head or is it just that he's got a fragile body, that's what people just can't understand."

'Sturridge needs McKenna'

Rodgers went on to defend his former charge, as did Brazil's co-host Neil Warnock who described him as an 'explosive player more prone to hamstring injuries'.

But Brazil remained unconvinced adding: "I don't know, I think he might be better off seeing Paul McKenna."

McKenna, a hypnotist and self-improvement guru to the stars, has built a career helping celebrities conquer their demons.

While Brazil's comments are harsh, it is evidence that patience, even from non-Liverpool fans, is wearing thin on the Sturridge issue and is clearly something that must be addressed by Jurgen Klopp come the summer.

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