Carragher slams Liverpool first teamer, claims it's like playing with 10 men
By Dominic Toner
Jamie Carragher believes that Liverpool are effectively playing with 10 men when striker Daniel Sturridge is not scoring.
The Anfield legend feels that the 27-year-old has to be scoring goal when he plays as he doesn’t offer much else to the side.
Liverpool first teamer Sturridge played the full 90 minutes and missed a couple of good opportunities in the club’s 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Wednesday.
The result gave the Saints a 2-0 aggregate win in the EFL Cup semi-final and they will face either Manchester United or Hull at Wembley.
Ex-Reds defender Carragher delivered a critical assessment of Sturridge after the game and feels the team suffer significantly when he is not scoring.
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“The only reason to have Sturridge in the team is for his finishing ability,” Carragher said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “You’ve basically got to put things on a plate for him. Liverpool did that against Southampton and he didn’t finish.
“When he doesn’t score you’re basically down to 10 men because they are not offering anything else whatsoever.”
Sturridge has endured a frustrating season for the Merseyside club and has not been a regular starter under manager Jurgen Klopp.
The English striker has scored six goals in 19 appearances this campaign, but has only netted twice in the Premier League.
Roberto Firmino, Phillipe Coutinho and Sadio Mane have been the preferred option in attack this season for Liverpool, but the latter has been away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.
Sturridge has struggled to fit into the high intensity style of Klopp and his strengths certainly lie in front of goal, holding an impressive record of 60 goals in 111 appearnces for the Reds.
In other Liverpool news, Stan Collymore has questioned the club’s midfielder after Southampton defeat.