Rio Ferdinand sends blunt advice to Liverpool striker ahead of Chelsea clash
The Manchester United legend has some choice words for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
Rio Ferdinand believes Daniel Sturridge should stop talking about his goal ratio and prove his ability to inspire Liverpool a top-four run.
The England international has failed to seize his chance to impress in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team during the absence of Senegal international Sadio Mane.
Sturridge failed to find the back of the net as Liverpool lost to Swansea City, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in successive games over the past week.
The 27-year-old has scored two goals in 13 games in the Premier League this season, although five of those appearances have come from the bench.
Divock Origi, meanwhile, ended a nine-game goal drought with a late consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to Wolves in the FA Cup fourth round.
Speaking to The Times, former Manchester United defender had a message for Sturridge and Origi ahead of the visit of Chelsea in their next Premier League game on Tuesday night.
“When your main men aren’t there, or aren’t firing, you need others to pick up the mantle. Chelsea? When Diego Costa missed a game their left-back even stepped forward and scored. Liverpool haven’t had that,” Ferdinand said.
“Now is the time for Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge to grab the bull by the horns, come to the fore and say: “This is what I can do”. Mane’s absence was a big moment for both those players and so far they’ve disappointed.
“We’ve been talking about Sturridge for a long time in terms of talent and he’s come in for some stick in recent weeks, so now is the time to show his mettle, show his heart, and go out and show what he’s made of.
“He’ll stand there, as he did a few days ago, and say his goal ratio is great, but teams need players they can rely on every week.
“I look at him, sitting there as Liverpool’s third-choice striker, not even coming on as substitute half the time and his abilities are so much greater than that. This is his moment, his time to grab it.”
Sturridge moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea in January 2013.