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Does Daniel Sturridge's future lie at Liverpool?

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge arrives before the match

England striker Daniel Sturridge seems a little out of sorts at Liverpool. Can he turn his form around or will he look for another club in January?

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge arrives before the match

It has not been a good season so far for Daniel Sturridge. He has started just three of his side's seven Premier League games, along with three appearances off the bench. But he has no goals yet to show for it. 

In fact, his only goalscoring contribution so far this season came in the form of a brace to cap off a 5-0 thrashing of Burton Albion in the EFL Cup. And even in that game, he only came on as a substitute. 

He has yet to complete 90 minutes as well, having been subbed off in each of his three starts this season - and relatively early too. 

Against Burnley, he was subbed off in the 65th minute. It was the 76th against Leicester, and just the 57th against Chelsea. That's not even 200 minutes out of a possible 270 (not including stoppage time).

There also seems to be a problem with his position. Jurgen Klopp clearly trusts Roberto Firmino, and likes to deploy him as a false-9, which seems to be his best position. However, in a 4-3-3, to include both Sturride and Firmino is to push one of them wide. Both players have been forced onto the flanks to accommodate the other - neither have thrived when put in that position. 

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring their first goalWhen played in his preferred position, though, Firmino has been effective. Where Sturridge has failed to score in the league, the Brazilian has netted three, along with one in the EFL Cup game against Burton. 

Sturridge replaced Adam Lallana in the first half of Liverpool's last game against Swansea City due to an injury to the midfielder. Philippe Coutinho - who had started on the left - dropped back into midfield, while Sturridge formed part of the front three.

He looked out of place, popping up in all three attacking roles, but the front line was disjointed, rather than fluid.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Daniel Sturridge before the matchThere is also a question of his style under Klopp. Often, Sturridge will shoot when he might pass, or demand the ball from a player in a decent position. This is not necessarily a bad thing. All good strikers must have a selfish streak in them to some degree (Luis Suarez at Liverpool was an excellent example). 

But in Klopp's team-oriented, high-pressing system, it does not seem to fit. In fact, though Sturridge has received far more minutes than his counterpart, Divock Origi seems like a stylistically better fit than the England striker. 

He, like Sturridge, is quick and incisive, but the Belgian is strong as well, and seems to link up better with those around him. 

Liverpool's Divock Origi comes on as a substitute to replace Daniel SturridgeThe truth is, Jurgen Klopp clearly recognises Sturridge's obvious talent, but is struggling to incorporate him into a system alongside Firmino. Sturridge was either the first, or one of the first, of the substitutes brought on in his three substitute appearances, and Klopp is trying to give him an opportunity. 

It may be, however, that this is a union that is not meant to be. With Lallana out, this is Sturridge's - and Klopp's - window to find a solution to this problem.

If one doesn't come, Sturridge may well have to look for a new club in January.  

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