Jurgen Klopp has urged Daniel Sturridge to stop complaining about where he plays and instead look to learn from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Liverpool boss has played Sturridge in a variety of attacking positions since his arrival at the club, but the England striker has not hidden his desire to play right through the middle, but Klopp has however urged him to adapt his game, just like Cristiano Ronaldo.
The German said: “We don’t have these defined positions in football anymore — Cristiano Ronaldo plays on the wing but is always in the box when the ball is in and around it,” Klopp was quoted by the Mirror.
“It’s not about running around all the time. I said I don’t want to make him a marathon runner, why should I?
“Why should I explain to a player why he plays in a different position? We spoke on the pitch, in tactical training, about what they have to do,” he said.
“It’s 2016 and you’re asking about a player who scores two in the centre, about how he feels when he sometimes plays on the wing.
“Ask him now. He scored two goals [against Burton on Tuesday night] from inside the box. That’s where he has to be.
“If he starts as a full-back, when the ball is in the box, Daniel Sturridge needs to be in and around it. These are the situations we try to create.
“Having these different skills, technical skills, passing skills, tactical skills and speed in an ideal world – plus fitness. That’s how players should be.
“And the closer you come to the danger zone, you have to have finishing skills.”