This is an interesting and revelatory audio clip from Steven Gerrard’s new book, My Story.
The former Liverpool captain describes how Daniel Sturridge often needs to be cajoled into playing in order for him to overcome his injury problems, and paints a picture of a player plagued by self-doubt.
Stevie G contrasts Sturridge’s flakiness with Suarez’s sheer grit, noting how the Uruguayan never needed convincing to play, and often plays with significant niggling injuries.
Gerrard explains how on this occasion, Sturridge was worried about a thigh niggle ahead of a big game against Manchester United, and was unsure of whether to play or not.
But the Reds skipper learned from the medical team that Sturridge was actually fine to play, and that it was purely a mental block.
Gerrard was desperate for Sturridge to play, as if not, he ominously intones, they’d be forced to go with…Iago Aspas.
(Listen to the audio here).