Jurgen Klopp has been urged to ‘stop protecting’ Daniel Sturridge and tell Liverpool fans the truth about the striker’s continued absence.Sturridge has been a virtual ever-present in the treatment room in recent years and has made just six appearances this season, the latest at the start of December.Klopp was reluctant to discuss the 26-year-old’s fitness issues ahead of last weekend’s clash with Manchester United, with the Reds boss giving no indication of when he will return to action.But Anfield legend Dietmar Hamann believes his fellow German is deliberately – and wrongly – keeping supporters in the dark over Sturridge’s ongoing issues, which he is convinced are more psychological than physical.The Champions League winner, a former teammate of Sturridge’s at Manchester City, told talkSPORT: “The club has got a responsibility to tell the paying public what is wrong with him.“If he has got a hamstring injury, an ankle injury, or whatever he may have, the people who pay for a season ticket have got a right to know what is wrong with him.“Judging by the way Jurgen Klopp answered his questions [ahead of the Manchester United game] I don’t think there is too much wrong with the player. “If there is nothing wrong with him, it is more important to be honest and truthful with the paying public than to protect a player who has hardly played in the last 18 months, who seems to choose when he wants to play.“He has got three years left on his contract and I don’t see any reason, if there is nothing wrong with the player, why the club should protect him.”In November, Klopp alluded to the idea that Sturridge’s problems could be more mental than physical, telling reporters the England international must learn the difference between “serious pain and what is only pain”.Hamann was in the Manchester City side when Sturridge made his senior debut as a 17-year-old, and he claims it was evident in the early part of his career that the talented hitman was not willing to push himself through the pain barrier.“There was always something wrong with him on the Thursday or the Friday. His back, his hamstring, there was always something,” added Hamann.“If you look at his record since he has played professional football he probably doesn’t average half the games a season – and it has got worse at Liverpool.“I am not saying he is pretending to be injured, I’m not sure. But if he is injured, say it. Nobody knows what is going on with him.“People have spent £800 or £1000 to watch Liverpool at home and sometimes even away and the star player is not playing and nobody knows where he is.“If there isn’t a problem with him, then it is time to stop protecting the player.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The annual benefit provides funds for various scholarships programs supported by the club. Tickets are $40 and may be obtained by calling Ginny Ball at (562) 693-0941. Junior Women’s Club seeks new members WHITTIER — Whittier Junior Women’s Club welcomes new members of all ages. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at a local restaurant or a members’ home. The club’s fund-raising efforts benefit the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, veterans programs, Meals on Wheels and other programs. The club’s major annual fund-raiser, “Spirit of the Holidays’ auction and lunch, will be held Nov. 5 at the Marriott Hotel in Norwalk. For more information, call Cathy Lindsey (562) 698-3398. Travel club to meet Monday at the YMCA WHITTIER — The YMCA Travel Club will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Uptown YMCA, 12510 Hadley. This month Ron Radison, retired professor of theater of arts at UC La Jolla, will share his summer holiday in Southern England of quaint cottages, spectacular bluff-top pathways, clotted cream cheeses, a posh English wedding and a joyful London reunion of international friends. For more information, call (562) 693-8974. The Rio Hondo Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOOA) will meet at 6 tonight at Los Amigos Country Club, 7295 Quill Drive, Downey. For more information, call LCDR Claude Kerr at (562) 923-4214. Single parents group to host dance WHITTIER — Parents without Partners Covina Valley Chapter #428 will hold a Halloween dance from 8 to midnight tonight at Candlewood Country Club, 14000 Telegraph Road. New member orientation begins at 7:30 p.m. Members are $7; guests are $10. There will be a raffle and refreshments. For more information, call (626) 294-3211. Bike club plans Culver City tour WHITTIER — Whittier Wheelmen will tour Culver City on Sunday, directed by Steven Kaye. The bicycle club departs at 7:30 a.m. from the Community Center parking lot, 7634 Washington Ave. For more information, call (562) 947-5771. AAUW ’50s Fall Fling slated for Saturday WHITTIER — The Whittier Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) announces its “Fabulous ’50s Fall Fling’ from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Greenleaf Masonic Center, 12001 E. Beverly Blvd. The festivities will include food, entertainment, a swing band and a silent auction. Lite-Up Your Life’ lunch slated Oct. 20 WHITTIER — The Whittier California Woman’s Connection will present a “Lite-Up Your Life’ lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 Villa Verde Drive. Barbara Brown, inspirational speaker, will explain how to shop for the perfect gift. And Stacey Senne, a consultant for Party Lite, will show how to brighten up your home. The cost is $16.75. A complimentary nursery is available with a reservation. For reservations or more information, call JoAnn at (562) 693-9182. Woman’s Club to host blood bank on Oct. 20 LA HABRA — GFWC La Habra Woman’s Club and the Chamber of Commerce will hold a Red Cross blood bank from 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Clubhouse, 200 W. Greenwood. For more information, call Linda Ristow at (562) 691-2983. Creative Writing Club to meet Thursdays LA MIRADA — La Mirada Scribes Creative Writing Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Positive critiquing in a friendly atmosphere is supplied for poetry and prose, including memoirs, novels, essays, letters to the editor or publicity notices. Prospective members are invited to attend two meetings as guests. Thereafter the cost is $1 per session. For more information, call Gertrude Ulrich at (562) 777-1560. Club news items must be received by the Monday prior to publication. Submit to Community News, Whittier Daily News, 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602; fax to (562) 698-0955; or e- mail in plain text (no attachments) to [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!