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Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge blasted as a ‘problem player’ as Premier League clubs warned off signing free agent


Simon Jordan has launched a stinging attack on Daniel Sturridge, describing him as a ‘problem player’ and a ‘divisive influence’ on young players.

The 29-year-old England international still yet to find a new club since leaving Liverpool at the end of last season.

13. Daniel Sturridge scored for Liverpool against Chelsea in 2013
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Daniel Sturridge left Liverpool this summer with 68 goals and 26 assists in 160 appearances for the RedsSturridge is said to have received offers from teams in Europe, the USA and the Middle East, including a reported £9million – £60,000-a-week – contract to join Fenerbahce.

However, talkSPORT understands this deal will not happen as the Turkish club cannot afford his wages, with director of football Damien Comolli saying the transfer ‘is just not possible’.

But former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan would not consider handing Sturridge a deal if he was still in charge of a Premier League.

He told talkSPORT: “Not in any parallel universe would I sign Daniel Sturridge. Not for me.

“I wouldn’t even give him a pay-as-you-play deal.

“I wouldn’t want Sturridge in my dressing room or at my training ground around younger players.”


When asked to clarify his thoughts, Jordan then let rip into a scathing, no-holds-barred assessment of Sturridge’s attitude, discipline and application throughout his career.

He told talkSPORT hosts Jim White and Natalie Sawyer: “I think the conventional wisdom in the game is that Daniel Sturridge is a troubled, problem player.

“He’s a very, very, very talented footballer but he’s a divisive influence. Jurgen Klopp has never had him since day one he arrived at Liverpool.

“The fact an industry that will take some of the worst people at times, and has no care or concern for how people are and what kind of individuals they are – whether that’s owners, managers or players – the fact nobody wants Sturridge will give you clear indication the industry has a certain perception of him.

“He’s one of those players who plays entirely for himself. He is, in my view, all about himself.

Daniel Sturridge was hit with a £75,000 fine and a six-week ban for breaching betting rules earlier this summer, but Jordan insists that isn’t the reason no Premier League clubs want to sign him
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“He’s come out of a club like Liverpool, been marginalised by them and nobody wants him. Nobody is picking up a free option. He is a free player!

“He won’t be free in terms of wages and his agent will be trying to manifest any transfer fee into his wages, but that won’t be a deterrent to clubs if they want him.

“There is a clear message – it’s nothing to do with his betting or any of that, it’s to do with his performances and his propensity to not be fit.

“Whenever I watched him as a player I was horrified by him, I thought he was useless at the 2014 World Cup, a complete and utter waste of time at Euro 2016.

“I’m not surprised he’s in this position and, I know it’s quite strident but, I think it’s good – he’s one of those players who should be doing so much more, has earned a lot of money from the game and hasn’t given quite as much back to the game as he should have done.

“Inevitably he’ll get a club, inevitably he’ll end up in the ghastly Chinese Super League or somewhere like that, but for his talent he should be playing for one of the elite clubs.

“But it’s not all about talent, it’s about their approach, their attitude and outlook, the way they apply themselves and their discipline. I think all of those are lacking in Daniel Sturridge.

“I wouldn’t take him, but I’m sure there is someone out there foolish enough to take him.”

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