Jan Molby: This fringe Liverpool attacker should be handed starting role
By Dominic Toner
Jan Molby believes that Daniel Sturridge would improve the Liverpool side if handed a starting role.
The Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has preferred a three-man this season, with Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino impressing.
Sturridge, 27, has been restricted to just three starts this campaign and fallen behind attacker Firmino as the central striker.
The England international has now returned from a hip injury, but the forward has been very unfortunate with injuries throughout his career.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Molby feels that Sturridge should be in the starting team if he is fit.
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“We have missed a striker this season, which seems a bit of a daft thing to say given the amount of goals we’ve racked up,” Molby wrote in the Echo. “But you can have spells in game where you find it difficult to score and that’s when it’s always encouraging to look up and see a genuine goalscorer leading the line.
“Liverpool will only be better with a proven Premier League scorer up front. And that, when fit, is what Sturridge can be.”
Liverpool have been in great form in front of goal, scoring 18 goals in just seven league games this season.
Sturridge will continue to fight for his place and netted a well timed header with England during the international break against Malta to boost his confidence.
The former Chelsea player has now made 99 appearances since he moved to Anfield and scored 56 goals.
He is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the Premier League and could be a major asset to Jurgen Klopp if he can find room for him.
Sturridge is still waiting for his first league goal this season and will hope to open his account against rivals Manchester Untied on Monday.
In other Liverpool news, a shock revelation reveals that Jose Mourinho’s agent approached the club for the top job.