Jurgen Klopp told 29-year-old’s form ‘big bonus’ for Liverpool FC
Mark Lawrenson is impressed with Daniel Sturridge's performance in Liverpool FC's 3-2 win over PSG mid-week
Daniel Sturridge’s performance in Liverpool FC’s 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain is a big bonus to Jurgen Klopp, Mark Lawrenson has claimed.
The Reds striker started his first Champions League game since his move to the Anfield outfit in a £12m deal from Chelsea FC in the 2013 January transfer window.
Sturridge repaid Klopp’s faith with a 30th-minute opener after the England international guided a header into the PSG net following Andy Robertson’s cross.
The 29-year-old spurned two big chances to extend the Merseyside outfit’s lead before PSG drew level thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s equaliser with six minutes to go.
Sturridge was replaced by Roberto Firmino in the second half and the Brazilian scored an added-time winner to seal a 3-2 win for the hosts.
The former Manchester City striker has struggled with fitness issues over the past three or four season and Sturridge was even sent out on loan to West Brom back in January.
Ex-Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is encouraged by Sturridge’s performance in Liverpool FC’s 3-2 win over PSG.
“The big bonus for Liverpool from Tuesday’s Champions League win over Paris St-Germain has to be Daniel Sturridge’s performance, because he did really well,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“People were telling me afterwards he could have had a hat-trick but I was delighted for him that he got one goal – you have to remember how little he has played for the first team recently.
“There is always the caveat that he has to stay fit, but if he can avoid getting injured then we know how good he is.”
Liverpool FC will welcome Southampton at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Merseyside outfit signed Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer.