Lawrenson: This Liverpool player is class but he is not in Klopp's best XI
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has stated that Daniel Sturridge is not part of Liverpool’s best possible XI.
Striker Sturridge scored a brace against a youthful Tottenham side on Tuesday night, as the Reds progressed through to the quarter-final stage of the League Cup.
The 27-year-old started the game, as manager Jurgen Klopp decided to rest the first-choice attacking quartet of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana.
Klopp has opted to play Firmino in a spearhead role this term, which has seen Sturridge make only seven starts to the Brazilian’s ten.
BBC Sports pundit Lawrenson hailed the England international, but explained why he will find it difficult to have a regular starting role this season.
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“He is a class act but is not in Liverpool’s best 11,” Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 live. “They have Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, it is just not possible. I think it is a bonus to have him off the bench.
“He is by far and away Liverpool’s best goalscorer and he can make himself a goal out of nothing.
“At the moment he doesn’t start but no problem, he can come on and score goals and change a game. Why sell him? Why make another team stronger?”
Sturridge has failed to score in 348 minutes in the Premier league this season, but has scored four goals against two lower league opposition in the EFL Cup.
By contrast Firmino has scored four goals and supplied the same number of assists in ten Premier League and EFL games.
The Merseyside club travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday evening to take on Crystal Palace, level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal, who occupy first and second place in the table.
In other Liverpool team news, supporters on Twitter commended Daniel Sturridge’s display against Tottenham.