COMMENT by Emma Sanders
Daniel Sturridge should be dropped for Liverpool’s clash against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday after another frustrating performance on Monday evening.
The England international was promoted into the starting line-up for the clash against Manchester United as Jurgen Klopp was forced to reshuffle the pack due to injuries.
Adam Lallana was deemed unfit to start but he was able to make a second-half substitute appearance and his arrival sparked a change in tempo and enthusiasm from his side, who had previously looked fairly lack-lustre.
Lallana’s absence from the starting XI meant Sturridge came into the centre-forward role, while Firmino moved out wide and Philippe Coutinho dropped more centrally.
However, Sturridge failed to impose himself on the game and despite a fairly impressive goal-scoring record in the past, has offered very little for Klopp’s side this season.
The 27 year-old has made four league starts this season, and seven appearances in total in the competition, but has failed to score and his only two goals in 2016-17 have come against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup.
Sturridge has recently come under fire from fans and pundits for a string of poor performances and despite being given the opportunity to shine on Monday evening, he didn’t take his chance.
He doesn’t seem to offer as much movement and creativity as Firmino has done so far this season in the same role and this was demonstrated when Lallana’s arrival caused personnel to change back to their favoured positions.
Should Lallana be fully fit on Saturday, Sturridge should be the player to lose his place in the starting line-up once again.
In the latest Liverpool news, Klopp makes an admission about one of the club’s regular first-teamers.