Liverpool star won’t make any derby difference, claims Arsenal legend

Paul Merson doesn't know how Brendan Rodgers will accommodate Daniel Sturridge in his side

Daniel Sturridge won’t make any difference on the outcome of the Merseyside derby at the moment, according to Paul Merson.

The Liverpool striker could make his first Premier League start since August after a string of calf and thigh injuries have kept the 25-year-old sidelined for the best part of five months.

If he brings Sturridge in, someone misses out. I think at the moment they’ll keep the starting XI the same

Paul Merson

Sturridge made cameo appearances against West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers in the past week, scoring against the Hammers within eight minutes of his introduction at Anfield.

However, Merson can’t see Brendan Rodgers leaving out in-form Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling to accommodate Sturridge despite the obvious goal threat that the striker provides the Northern Irishman’s side.

“Liverpool are strange recently. I went to the Chelsea game and they were unlucky, then a few days later they play Bolton at home and nearly go out the cup,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“There’s not a lot between these two when their best teams are out.

“I don’t see what difference Daniel Sturridge will make at the moment, you want to play Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling so I don’t know how he’s going to get involved at the moment.

“If he brings Sturridge in, someone misses out. I think at the moment they’ll keep the starting XI the same as they have done.”

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Sturridge made his comeback from injury at Goodison Park last season as the England striker netted a last-gasp equaliser to hold Everton to a 3-3 draw in a thrilling edition of the Merseyside derby.

The Liverpool forward has scored 33 goals in 47 Premier League appearances for the Reds after his £12m move to Anfield from Chelsea in January 2013.

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