Cape Town - Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is not concerned about recent criticism leveled at his work-rate and is happy with his level on contribution this season.
The England international has endured a testing time at Anfield so far this term, starting only four Premier League games and failing to score in any of them; his only goals coming in the EFL Cup.
Roberto Firmino has been preferred by manager Jurgen Klopp, and many believe it's because Sturridge lacks the work-rate necessary to make the Reds' pressing style effective. However, Sturridge insists the criticism is unfair.
"I don't worry about that, it's an unfair opinion. I feel that I contribute to the team with assists and goals. It doesn't really matter what people say to me," he was quoted as saying by ESPN.
"It's about positional awareness at the end of the day. My job is to score and my job is to create for the team and coming into the midfield positions is maybe too deep.
"I feel that if I'm coming short and I'm trying to get involved in the game then there's no one up front in the forward positions."
He added: "Sometimes I have to drop in there to maybe give them a different picture to create more problems but, again, it's about being in the box. That is where I need to be."