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'I have to do a job for the team. That's not saying I am happy to do it'

He may have scored twice during the week but Daniel Sturridge isn’t happy at being asked to play out wide.

Sturridge scored twice against Burton on Tuesday.
Sturridge scored twice against Burton on Tuesday.
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DANIEL STURRIDGE HAS expressed his frustration at being asked to play out of position by Jurgen Klopp, but accepts he has ‘to do the job for the team.’

The England striker started last weekend’s defeat to Burnley on the wing and was then deployed on the right after coming on during the EFL Cup win over Burton Albion on Tuesday.

Sturridge scored a brace at the Pirelli Stadium but then voiced his unhappiness at not getting the chance to operate in his favoured position, with Divock Origi playing in the central role.

“Of course it is more difficult for me to play wide. I’m a centre-forward. In the modern day game you have to try and be flexible but everyone knows my best position,” he told The Guardian.

“Everyone knows where I enjoy playing the most. I’m a player who plays on instinct, and in the middle I have clarity on movements and things that I have been doing for years. I am on autopilot there. You just do things because you are used to doing it.

“But when you are out wide, you have got to worry about different things. It’s just a different way. The way you move, the way you play – it is all different. You can’t play the same as you do as a centre-forward.”

Having missed the opening game of the season through injury, Sturridge returned at Burnley but struggled to make an impression and was replaced after an hour.

Asked whether he would be happy to continue being used as a winger, the 26-year-old said:

“Well, I have to do a job for the team. That’s not saying I am happy to do it. That’s saying I have got to do a job for the team. It’s a team game. If I am put in that position, I have to play there.”

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