Steven Gerrard: Jurgen Klopp needs to keep this Liverpool striker, he’s world class
The Liverpool captain believes Daniel Sturridge has a role to play at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp
Steven Gerrard has advised Jurgen Klopp to keep Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool, describing the striker as “world class”.
The England international has struggled to tie down a regular starting spot at Anfield since Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.
Having overcome a number of serious injury problems, Sturridge has still found his first-team opportunities limited given Roberto Firmino’s performances in a false nine role.
Sturridge has scored two goals and has made one assist in 12 Premier League games, although seven of those appearances have come from the bench.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker has been linked with a potential move away from the Merseyside outfit.
However, Sturridge’s former captain Gerrard believes Klopp needs a prolific goal-scorer like the England international in his squad.
“Well I know Daniel won’t want to be third choice and he won’t want to be a bit-part player, so I’m sure he’s going to keep an eye on what’s going to happen between now and the end of the season,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“If you’re Jurgen Klopp, you want to keep him. On his day, he’s world class.”
Sturridge scored 20 times as Gerrard and Liverpool finished in second place in the Premier League table in 2013-14.
The England striker moved to Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea in the 2013 January transfer window.