DANIEL STURRIDGE fired Liverpool to victory at Bournemouth — and was then warned he could still be axed for Wednesday’s Merseyside derby.
The striker, recalled by boss Jurgen Klopp after being dropped to the bench for Thursday’s Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund, set up the visitors’ first goal and scored their second.
But Klopp — who last week told the frontman he may no longer be his first choice forward — refused to assure Sturridge he would keep his place for the midweek Prem clash at home to Everton.
The German said: “Nobody is undroppable. I never look at any player and think ‘I can’t leave him out.’
“As a manager I decide if I play with one, two, three or four strikers.”
The writing on the wall looks ominous for Sturridge, especially as Klopp snapped at a journalist for making his first question about the striker.
Klopp said: “That is interesting. We have a football game and you want to talk about one player at the first moment. That’s not the role I like.
“You are interested in one player. I understand football as a team game.
“Is that how you understand football? You work really in sport? One player can win a game?
“I enjoyed Daniel’s performance, because he is a great player. But starting with a question like this after a game, I can’t understand.”
Roberto Firmino’s tap-in and Sturridge’s header put Liverpool 2-0 up. Josh King scored Bournemouth’s late consolation.
But their boss Eddie Howe said: “I don’t think we deserved a point. We let the game get away from us.
“We gifted them possession too many times. We weren’t at our best levels.
“But to get over 40 points has been the club’s biggest achievement to date.”