Liverpool legend offers Jurgen Klopp advice over Daniel Sturridge
John Aldridge believes Daniel Sturridge has a role to play in Liverpool's Premier League title bid
John Aldridge has warned Jurgen Klopp that he needs to keep Daniel Sturridge if Liverpool are going to challenge for a top-four spot this season.
The England international has been linked with a move away from the Merseyside outfit in recent months after failing to secure a regular starting place under the current Liverpool boss.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright suggested that Sturridge’s time was up at Anfield after Liverpool’s goalless draw with Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The 27-year-old has started four of Liverpool’s 12 Premier League games this season – and he is still waiting to net his first top-flight goal of the 2016-17 campaign.
However, former Liverpool striker Aldridge doesn’t want Klopp to sell Sturridge in the January transfer window as the Reds look to mount a title challenge.
“You need backup if you’re going to have a serious go at the top four and possibly the league,” Aldridge told The Liverpool Echo.
“You have to have top players in your squad who can change games and he comes into that category.
“The situation can easily change – a slight injury to a forward and all of a sudden Daniel is in the team and if he scores a few goals he can take on the mantle. That’s the way football is.
“But you have to have cover so there is no way I think that Jurgen Klopp would let him go, personally – even if he wanted to go.
“You can understand if Daniel is frustrated and he wants to play. But it doesn’t work like that. The club comes first and you have to be professional.
“He is probably gutted that he’s not playing but when you have a winning team you have to be patient and wait for your opportunity.
“That’s how football is – Sturridge can’t start putting the cat among the pigeons and his comments in the papers have been right. He’s a team player and is doing all he can.
“But if you have three players in front of you who are all scoring goals and playing really well then you can’t get a place – it’s as simple as that.”
Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m move from Chelsea in the January transfer window in 2013.
The England striker scored 21 times in 27 games as Liverpool finished in second place in the Premier League title race in 2013-14.