Daniel Sturridge is a big, big miss for Liverpool, says Rob Jones

Rob Jones believes Daniel Sturridge's absence has compounded the loss of Luis Suarez

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Daniel Sturridge is proving a “big, big miss” for Liverpool, according to Rob Jones.

The Reds striker hasn’t featured for the Merseyside outfit since a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in August.

Sturridge picked up a thigh injury the following week while on international duty with England before then suffering a calf strain last month.

And former Liverpool defender Jones, who regularly helps coach the Under-19 side at Melwood, reckons the blow of losing Luis Suarez has been compounded by Sturridge’s injury woes.

“Daniel Sturridge is a big, big miss,” Jones told The Sport Review.

“He helps to make everything flow for Liverpool. It was really unfortunate that he got injured with England.

“Losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Sturridge getting injured hasn’t helped our slow start.”

Jones, who helped Liverpool win the FA Cup in 1992, travelled to the Spanish capital with the rest of Brendan Rodgers’s squad earlier this week.

The former England international watched on as Liverpool’s Under-19 side were beaten 4-1 by Madrid in the NextGen Series, although Jones insists the scoreline didn’t reflect the Reds’s performance.

Speaking about the senior side, Jones, who turned 43 on Wednesday, felt Liverpool showed signs of improvement but lacked a player like Sturridge to really test the Madrid defence.

“We did well against Real Madrid. I think the fans could see Brendan isn’t too far from getting it right,” added Jones, who also runs a successful company, Kids Academy Nursery Group, with his wife.

“We just missed somebody like Sturridge to make the runs around the box and cause the Madrid defence some problems.”

Rob Jones was widely regarded as one of England’s finest full-backs before his career was cut short due to injury. Read the Liverpool legend’s story at www.robjonesbook.co.uk

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