Jan Molby: This Liverpool ace does not feature in strongest team
By Dominic Toner
Jan Molby believes that on current form Daniel Sturridge would not be in Liverpool’s strongest side.
The England striker has endured a difficult start to the new season and failed to find any goal-scoring form.
Strurridge, 27, has scored just twice in his nine appearances this campaign, both in the EFL Cup win against Burton.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has preferred Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino to spearhead the attack and he has netted four goals amid some impressive performances.
Sturridge was handed the opportunity to change his luck in the club’s last game against Manchester United but was substituted off in the second-half, with his replacement Adam Lallana making a much better contribution in the 0-0 draw.
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Ex-Liverpool midfielder Molby feels that Sturridge needs goals to turn his overall game around and that he is currently not involved in the club’s best moments on the pitch.
“He’s just struggling a little bit with his game at the moment and the only cure for that is goals,” Molby wrote in his Echo column. “That’s what you live and breathe as a goalscorer.
“He just needs to physically go through scoring goals again, take the pressure off because people are looking at Liverpool at their best at the moment and it doesn’t involve Daniel Sturridge.”
Sturridge completed a permanent moved to Anfield in 2013 from Chelsea in a £12million deal.
The forward has now made 100 appearances for the Merseyside club and has a fantastic return of 56 goals.
Klopp has preferred a front three of Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, with the trio all interchangeable and proving a nightmare for defences.
Liverpool have netted an impressive 18 goals in their first eight league games and have appeared as serious title contenders this season.
Sturridge will hope to fit into the attack-minded style of Klopp and re-establish himself as the first-choice attacker.
In other Liverpool news, Paul Merson has claimed that this ace must play against West Brom.