David James revealed on the UEFA Europa League Tonight Live show on BT Sport Europe on Thursday evening (February 25, broadcast from 5:30pm) the discussion he had with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge at a recent training session.
The former Liverpool goalkeeper has also advised the England international not to listen to pundits to gauge his performances.
“I spoke to Daniel a few weeks ago when I was at the Liverpool training ground, and it was bothering him then, and passionately bothering him, which is nice in one respect, the fact that he is feeling emotional about the response,” said James.
“The other thing is he is listening to pundits to gauge a view of his performance, which I wouldn’t recommend.”
Sturridge, who has struggled with fitness issues this season, recently hit back at suggestions that he does not want to play for Liverpool.
"I think it is astonishing, disappointing - whoever is saying it - but that's football," the former Chelsea striker told BBC Sport. "I am very ambitious, very determined to help Liverpool have success. To say a player doesn't want to play is the biggest disrespect you could ever say to a footballer.”
Sturridge is one of the best centre-forwards in the Premier League when he is fit. What is frustrating about the Liverpool star is that he has been injured for most of the past two seasons.
It is not the fault of the 26-year-old that he has struggled with fitness issues, though, and Premier League followers need to understand that.
Sturridge should remain confident, as he has loads of ability and is a very talented player.
The former Manchester City striker has scored three goals and created three chances in six Premier League appearances for Liverpool so far this campaign.