Neil Mellor: Liverpool fans must keep the faith in this first team player
By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has asked fans to “keep the faith” in the out of form Daniel Sturridge.
The 27-year-old striker has scored just two goals in an EFL Cup clash against Burton in eight appearances, remaining goalless in the Premier League in the new campaign.
He also failed to impress during Liverpool’s match against Manchester United on Monday evening which saw him start the game before being hauled off on the hour mark in the 0-0 draw.
However, Mellor has brought up the England international’s impressive goals to games ratio and has asked fans to maintain their support for the striker.
“Daniel Sturridge’s record of 55 goals in 100 games for Liverpool is outstanding,” wrote Mellor in his collumn for the Liverpool Echo. “Okay, he didn’t influence the game against United but my message would be: keep the faith.
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“All strikers go through difficult spells. Confidence is huge for a striker and it’s tough when the goals aren’t going in for you.
“People are questioning again whether Sturridge can adjust and fit Klopp’s style but it’s very difficult to shine as a striker against a team which is so intent on defending like United were.
“Yes, he hasn’t scored a Premier League goal so far this season but when he gets one I think we’ll see a completely different Sturridge.
“Whether he starts against West Brom I’m not sure because Roberto Firmino looks to be the main striker at the moment. But Sturridge’s talent is undeniable. He has the kind of natural instinct for finding the net that you can’t teach.
“The fact that we’re not overly reliant on Sturridge this season is a positive but he’s still a key member of the squad.”
Despite Sturridge’s poor form Liverpool have started the new campaign in impressive form in front of goal.
The Reds have bagged 18 league goals in their first eight fixtures in the league, leaving them with the third best attacking record in England’s top flight.
They currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League with 17 points and sit two points behind league leaders Manchester City before the weekend round of fixtures.
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