Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes England boss Gareth Southgate is making life difficult for himself in the future with his selection criteria.
Liverpool duo Daniel Sturridge, who has scored in back-to-back matches for the first time in 2017, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both omitted from the England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil, although Reds defender Joe Gomez did receive a maiden call-up.
Southgate’s argument in relation to Sturridge on Thursday was that because he was not playing regularly he could not perform “at his very best” for the national team.
“It is not our decision but if Gareth Southgate saw the last few games I think for sure he could have invited all three of them,” Klopp said. “Gareth makes his decisions, I cannot change that. Both of them would play in other English Premier League teams quite regularly.
“If he makes it now like this it could be difficult in the future if he sticks to this plan 100 percent — not for us but maybe for England.
“Daniel had a few injury problems and was called up [in the past] because he is still the striker everyone thinks about. If he [Southgate] thinks he doesn’t need him I cannot change it.
“Ox is coming in a new club and that always needs time to adapt. I think he made big steps since he was here. But, again I cannot call him and say, ‘Please, call him up.'”