Jordan Henderson: This Liverpool striker has a huge role to play in title race

The Liverpool captain believes Daniel Sturridge has a big role to play

Jordan Henderson believes Daniel Sturridge has a big role to play in Liverpool’s title challenge this season.

The England striker was a late substitute in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park and the centre-forward helped to create Sadio Mane’s winner after the 27-year-old’s effort rebounded off the woodwork into the African’s path.

Liverpool are nine points behind current Premier League leaders Chelsea after Antonio Conte’s side were 3-0 winners against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have the chance to close the gap to six points if Liverpool manage to beat Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday evening.

Writing in Liverpool’s programme, Henderson explained the role that Sturridge can play under Klopp in the remaining games of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

“I’m not going to lie: the feeling when Sadio swept the ball into the net was absolutely brilliant,” Henderson said.

“Of course it was Sadio’s name that appeared on the scoresheet, but he’ll be the first to point out the massive role Daniel Sturridge played in the win. Studge is a such an important player for us and he’s already made a big contribution this season and will have an even bigger one to make between now and May.

“I know people rave about Studge’s finishing, but he’s showed this season, when starting games and coming off the bench, that his quality helps the team even when he’s not the one putting the ball into the back of the net.

“Maybe that sometimes gets lost on the outside where there is a bigger focus on goals, but inside our dressing room we see everything Studge brings to the team and squad. I’m lucky I play with him for both club and country and I personally don’t think there’s a better English centre-forward.”

Sturridge hasn’t scored a Premier League goal in the current campaign after falling behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order.

Liverpool haven’t won the Premier League title despite finishing in second place in 2009 and 2014.

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