Jamie Carragher explains difference between Roberto Firmino and Liverpool striker
The Liverpool legend says Roberto Firmino works harder than Daniel Sturridge
Jamie Carragher says Daniel Sturridge isn’t able to win the ball back like Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.
The England international has struggled to get into Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up over the past 12 months since the German’s appointment as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at Anfield.
Sturridge was handed a place in Klopp’s starting XI on Monday night but the 27-year-old was unable to make the breakthrough in a goalless draw with Manchester United.
Firmino has scored three times in seven Premier League games in the 2016-17 season so far, while Sturridge is still waiting to opening his top-flight account this term.
The Brazilian finished as Liverpool’s top goal-scorer last season following a return of 11 goals in 49 games in all competitions in his first season at Anfield.
And Carragher, who was part of the club’s Champions League-winning squad in 2005, believes Firmino offers more to Klopp’s Liverpool side than Sturridge.
“The difference between Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino is what he does off the ball,” Carragher told Sky Sports on Monday night.
“As soon as Adam Lallana came on, Roberto Firmino goes up front and wins the ball and they’re on the counter-attack. You miss that with Sturridge.”
Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea under Rodgers in 2013.
Firmino became one of the most-expensive signings in the club’s history after a £29m switch to Liverpool from Hoffenheim last summer.