John Aldridge: Daniel Sturridge situation really bad for Liverpool
John Aldridge wants to know Daniel Sturridge's fitness status after the Liverpool striker's prolonged absence
John Aldridge says the Daniel Sturridge is really bad for Liverpool.
The England striker is still sidelined with an injury problem despite making a short-lived return to the Liverpool side in early December.
If Daniel Sturridge is playing we‘ve got 10 more points and are where we want to be
Sturridge scored twice in a 6-1 victory over Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final before he suffered a hamstring injury.
The Liverpool forward has only made 24 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit over the past 18 months or so.
Aldridge, who won the top-flight title in 1988, wants answers on Sturridge’s fitness status after the striker missed Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Anfield.
“With Liverpool the striking situation still revolves around Daniel Sturridge – what’s the manager going to do? It’s a really bad situation for Liverpool,” Aldridge told Liverpool Echo.
“If Daniel Sturridge is playing we‘ve got 10 more points and are where we want to be. That’s the value of a top striker, that’s why you pay £30m, £40m or £50m for their services. We saw how he scored his goals against Southampton.
“We don’t even know how this pre-season has gone. Is he injured again? I understand Liverpool want to guard the situation closely but as a fan you want to know what’s happening.”
Sturridge has scored 44 times in 77 games in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit during three-and-a-half years at Anfield.
The England international moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea in January 2013.
Liverpool are in ninth place and eight points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.