Daniel Sturridge undervalued by Liverpool, says Dietmar Hamann
Daniel Sturridge would bring out the best in his team-mates, says Dietmar Hamann
Dietmar Hamann has claimed that Daniel Sturridge is undervalued by Liverpool.
The Reds failed to trouble Netherlands international Tim Krul as Newcastle United were 1-0 winners at St James’s Park on Saturday.
A lot of fans don’t appreciate enough what he has done for the football club
Sturridge hasn’t featured for Liverpool since a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in August, suffering a hamstring injury before picking up a calf strain.
And former Reds midfielder Hamann reckons Sturridge’s return would help bring out the best in Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.
“They man they need back is Daniel Sturridge. A lot of fans don’t appreciate enough what he has done for the football club. He has got all these goals, but assists, and he stretches teams with his pace,” Hamann told Sky Sports News.
“This is what Liverpool are lacking at the moment because when he is in the side, the teams are stretched and give Coutinho and Sterling more time to turn and have a go at the defence.
“Sturridge has been undervalued at the club – and by the fans as well.”
Hamann added that Liverpool can’t afford to be so sloppy at the back without former striker Luis Suarez and Sturridge scoring for fun up front.
“Well their Achilles heel is the defence,” Hamann added.
“They conceded too many goals last season but got away with it because they had a strike force that scored 50 or 60 goals between them in Sturridge and Suarez.
“They need to be able to keep clean sheets. They haven’t got the firepower going forward. They need to adjust the mindset of the way they’re playing. Defensively they’re not up to scratch, but they’re struggling up front as well.
“They need Sturridge back as soon as possible because Balotelli has been disappointing so far.”