Steve Nicol: I was wrong about this player, he's not the one for Liverpool
By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool full-back Steve Nicol believes that current Reds striker Daniel Sturridge is holding back the team.
The 27-year-old striker was handed a start upfront for the Merseyside giants in their midweek 1-0 defeat against Southampton at Anfield in the EFL Cup semi-final stage.
The player was one of the more criticised after the loss and many feel that he has lost what he previously had in front of goal.
Nicol was in agreement with the belief and admitted to getting it wrong about Sturridge, while wondering what the player actually brings to the team when he’s not scoring.
“For me he was the guy I thought would be the centre-forward who would get the goal,” started Nicol speaking to ESPN after the midweek defeat.
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“When he was getting the goals it was fine, but now that he’s not scoring he’s actually not helping anyone else. Today for example he was outside the box, lost the ball and gave it away.
“You can get away with that when you’re actually taking the chances that come your way. But today, well not just today, but recently he hasn’t been doing that and I have to say I got it wrong, because Daniel Sturridge right now is clearly not the guy who’s going to put the ball in the back of the net for Liverpool.”
Sturridge has often struggled with injuries at Liverpool after joining from Chelsea in 2013 for a £12million fee.
However, with 60 goals and 20 assists in 111 appearances for the club in all competitions he has often contributed massively when playing.
But, something has seemingly changed for him this season and he has struggled to get in to the Reds team when fit and when he has he’s brought a return of just six goals and two assists in 19 encounters.
Liverpool are currently struggling at the moment with just one win against League Two Plymouth in their last seven matches in all competitions and fans are desperate for Sturridge to find his old form.
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