By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool striker legend Ian Rush has shared that current out of sorts forward Daniel Sturridge still has a big part to play in this campaign.

The 27-year-old has seemingly been outcast by manager Jurgen Klopp this season with just one league start in almost four months.

However, Sturridge has not done himself any favours either and when starting in the cup competitions he has often failed to impress.

But, Rush, who enjoyed 16 years of scoring for the Reds has backed the current England international to play a huge part in the Reds’ quest for a top four return.

“Daniel Sturridge is probably the most gifted striker we have got,” told Rush on The Football Pools, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

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“I was made up that he didn’t go in January and I hope he is still here next year but you have got to fight for your place. I think he will fight for his place.

“One thing for certain this year is that we will need Daniel Sturridge and once he gets that chance he has to take it.

“And when he does take it and starts scoring again I think he’ll play a major part in Liverpool making the top four.”

Sturridge has still managed to play in 21 encounters in all competitions this season, but he has returned with just six goals and three assists.

The striker used to be criticised for spending too much time on the treatment table, but he has suffered just one calf injury this campaign, causing him to miss five matches.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are suffering a poor spell of form which has seen them drop down to fifth place in the table and fans will be hoping for something to help revitalise the side which has not won a league game in 2017.

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