Dean Saunders: Why Jurgen Klopp must start this Liverpool striker v Villarreal

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Dean Saunders has urged Jurgen Klopp to start Daniel Sturridge in Liverpool’s return leg against Villarreal at Anfield on Thursday night.

The England striker was an unused substitute at Estadio El Madrigal on Thursday night as Liverpool lost 1-0 to the Yellow Submarine in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

Sturridge was unable to get on the score sheet in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat by Swansea City on Sunday afternoon but the 26-year-old has netted four times in six Premier League games.

Former Liverpool striker Saunder explained why Klopp must start Sturridge against Villarreal if the 18-time English champions are to have a chance of progressing to the Europa League final.

“He is one of the best players in the Premier League,” Saunders told BT Sport. “You can’t leave your top goal-scorers out.”

Sturridge has shaken off his injury problems to score eight goals and to make one assist in 13 Premier League games so far this season.

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The England forward moved to Liverpool from Chelsea in a £12m deal in January 2013.

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