Jamie Carragher opens up about Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
Jamie Carragher delivers his verdict on Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and his first-team aspirations this season
Jamie Carragher has described Daniel Sturridge as one of the best strikers Liverpool have ever had but says he faces a fight to get back into the starting line-up this season.
The England international forward has been limited to just three Premier League starts so far this season under Jurgen Klopp, with the Liverpool manager clearly preferring to play Roberto Firmino up front.
Along with his three Premier League starts, Sturridge has also made three substitute’s appearances in the top flight for Liverpool so far this season.
Sturridge has one of the best goal-to-game ratios in recent seasons at Liverpool.
But former Liverpool defender Carragher believes that it will be up to the player himself to step his game up and earn a place back in the team.
Speaking in an interview with The Liverpool Echo, Carragher said: “At this moment Jurgen Klopp fancies Roberto Firmino in that central striker position.
“He is only playing one striker at the moment, which is a problem for Daniel. Last season he was playing with two, so that’s something he has to think about. How can he improve? What is Firmino doing that he is not doing?
“Daniel Sturridge’s strike rate for Liverpool (55 goals in 99 games) is outstanding. Up there with the greatest strikers Liverpool have had. We know he can do that, but perhaps Jurgen Klopp wants different things from him that Firmino can add.
“So maybe Daniel has to look at that and think where he can improve to get back into the team.”
Liverpool, who are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table, return to action after the international break with a home clash against Manchester United.