Paul Ince: Top 27-year-old can be Liverpool asset under Jurgen Klopp

Former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince says Daniel Sturridge can be a key player under Jurgen Klopp despite injury problems

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge Photo: The Sport Review

Daniel Sturridge can be a great asset to Liverpool this season if the striker can keep himself fit, Paul Ince says.

The England international has struggled with numerous injury problems under Brendan Rodgers and then his successor Jurgen Klopp.

Indeed, Sturridge has struggled to hit the heights of his 2013-14 campaign, when the 28-year-old scored 20 times in 27 appearances in the Premier League.

The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker has faced questions about his future under Klopp given the Liverpool manager’s preference to use a high pressing tactic.

Sturridge was linked with a potential move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain or Premier League outfit West Ham United last season but a transfer hasn’t materialised.

Former Liverpool midfielder Ince believes Sturridge can have a big role to play at the Reds with his world-class ability if the centre-forward can stay fit.

“When you talk about people doing world class things in defining moments, he can do that,” Ince told ITV Sport.

“If he can keep himself injury free, he can be a great asset.”

Sturridge scored Liverpool’s third goal in a 3-0 win against Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly last Tuesday evening before he was forced off with a fresh injury problem.

The Liverpool striker moved to Anfield in a £12m deal from Chelsea in the 2013 January transfer window.

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