Jamie Carragher issues warning to Liverpool over Sadio Mane replacement
The ex-Liverpool defender says Daniel Sturridge isn't capable of deputising for Sadio Mane
Jamie Carragher has warned Jurgen Klopp that Daniel Sturridge doesn’t have the pace to fill Sadio Mane’s void in the Liverpool side.
The Senegal international is currently on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations after Mane scored on his final Premier League appearance in a 2-2 draw at Sunderland before heading off to the major tournament.
Mane has been a key member of Klopp’s squad since his £34m move to the Anfield outfit from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer transfer window.
Indeed, the 24-year-old scored nine times and made four assists in 19 games in the Premier League before he departed for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Mane’s absence has given Sturridge a chance to get some starts under his belt but the England striker has struggled to find his prolific form.
Speaking to Sky Sports on Wednesday night after Sturridge’s disappointing performance in a 1-0 loss to Southampton in the EFL Cup, Carragher emphatically rubbished the suggestion that Sturridge could replace Mane’s pace in the Liverpool side.
“Sturridge is not the player to run in behind, so you can forget about him replacing Mane. All he does is come to feet now,” Carragher said.
“The only reason to have Sturridge in the team is for his finishing ability. You’ve basically got to put things on a plate for him. Liverpool did that against Southampton and he didn’t finish.”