Rush gives no-holds-barred verdict on futures of £80million Liverpool duo
By Coral Barry
Ian Rush has urged Jurgen Klopp not to sell Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke in the summer.
The two strikers have endured frustrating seasons with Sturridge struggling with his fitness while £32.5million summer buy Benteke has spent most of his campaign on the bench.
Reports have been increasing that Klopp may look to offload both forwards, with Paris Saint-Germain chasing Sturridge’s signature and Benteke launching a scathing attack on his manager during the international break.
Rush earned legend status at Liverpool by becoming their all-time top scorer with 346 goals in over 600 appearances for the club and believes Anfield’s current star strikers can still have bright futures on Merseyside.
“Sturridge is one of the best players in the world,” said Rush speaking to Metro at the Cardiff leg of Carlsberg’s UEFA Euro 2016 trophy tour. “If you look when Sturridge plays and the goals he scores, he’s been fantastic. But you’ve just got to keep him fit.”
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Liverpool paid the second highest fee in the club’s history for Benteke in the summer but so far have only received seven league goals in return from the Belgian, who has slipped down the forward pecking order under Klopp.
Despite his troubles, Rush believes the Belgium international can still be a success at Anfield.
“I was happy when Liverpool signed Benteke,” the Liverpool legend added. “Two years ago, he was ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi in the national team.
“He just needs to score goals. He will get his chance. And when he does, he’s got to take it.
“If you’re scoring goals, it’s hard for a manager to leave you out.”
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are in ‘constant contact’ with a German club over a striker.