By Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge’s remarkable ability to deliver when he is on the fringe of the play makes him so special.
That is the verdict of Tony Cascarino as he paid tribute to the Liverpool striker in the wake of his impressive display for England in their 3-0 win over Scotland on Friday.
Sturridge, who spearheaded the England attack, bagged his country’s opening goal of the match with a wonderful glancing header from Kyle Walker’s drilled cross.
Fellow team-mate Adam Lallana also scored with Gary Cahill bagging the third goal in the win at Wembley.
“Daniel Sturridge is one of very few players who can be on the fringe of the play, and even sometimes look disinterested, and yet be relied upon to produce a moment of inspiration,” Cascarino wrote in the Times.
“The England striker can be so frustrating to watch, and I would argue he has been a perplexing figure for the past three years, and yet he can regularly be the player that matters.
“His header for the opening goal was not an easy chance to take. Many forwards would have flicked Kyle Walker’s cross wide but Sturridge made the finish look simple. ”
The Liverpool striker has made 10 appearances in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers this season, scoring four goals.
But he has lost out to Roberto Firmino as the regular leader of the Reds’ front line and is yet to open his account in the Premier League.
Liverpool are currently a point clear at the top of the Premier League table ahead of Chelsea and the team will play Southampton after the international break.
In other Liverpool news, Bruce Grobbelaar has delivered his verdict on the Reds’ shot stopper.