Jamie Carragher reacts to Daniel Sturridge’s latest Liverpool setback
Jamie Carragher believes that only Sergio Aguero is better than a fully-fit Daniel Sturridge
Jamie Carragher has claimed that only Sergio Aguero is better than a fully-fit Daniel Sturridge.
The England forward suffered a fresh injury setback this week after picking up a foot injury in training and sitting out Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Bordeaux.
I remember he had to feel 100 per cent right mentally and physically in order to play
Sturridge has not featured for Liverpool since the 1-1 Merseyside derby draw with Everton at the start of October due to a knee injury but is believed to be close to making his first appearance under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
And former Liverpool defender Carragher rates the forward very highly.
Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “When Daniel Sturridge is fit and firing, Sergio Aguero is the only striker who is better than him in the Premier League. That’s how highly I rate Daniel.
“He destroyed Aston Villa in September and I hoped then that would be the start of a long run leading Liverpool’s attack but, since that game on 26 September, he has only made one appearance.
“So it was interesting to see Jurgen Klopp say that Daniel needs to understand what real pain is.
“The one thing I remember most of all from being his team-mate is that he had to feel 100 per cent right mentally and physically in order to play.
“The thing is, with professional football, it’s not often any player will take to the field 100 per cent fit. There is always a knock or something niggling and when that is the case, you just grit your teeth and get through it.
“But Sturridge’s continued unavailability is presenting Liverpool with a problem now.”
Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday, Klopp refused to confirm whether Sturridge could be involved against Swansea City on Sunday after his injury was found to be not as serious as first feared.
The Reds head into Sunday’s game looking to build on their 4-1 win over Manchester City last weekend.