‘Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge similar to Reds legend John Barnes’
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes Daniel Sturridge bears similarities to Reds legend John Barnes
John Aldridge believes Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has a similar playing style to Reds legend John Barnes.
The 23-year-old scored his 12th goal in 17 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit as the Reds were 1-0 winners against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Sturridge conjured a brilliant piece of individual skill to unlock the Villa defence, and former Liverpool striker Aldridge was reminded of one of the club’s most-naturally gifted players, Barnes.
“Daniel Sturridge’s dazzling footwork reminded me of a Liverpool legend in his prime,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
“The way the Liverpool striker weaved his way through the Aston Villa defence at the weekend immediately made me think of John Barnes.
“Sturridge showed fabulous feet to score a fantastic goal and in the process give the Reds the win on Saturday evening.
“Philippe Coutinho didn’t touch the ball but he was nevertheless instrumental in the goal as his dummy created the space for Sturridge.
“There was still plenty for the England man to do but the way in which he sent the Villa defence this way and that was tremendous.
“He even sent me the wrong way in the pub.
“And as I said, his footwork was magnificent and the highest compliment I can pay him is that it was a la Barnes.
“Daniel is very, very quick with his feet and clever with his movement – just ask Antonio Luna and Brad Guzan. I’m not sure many other strikers in the Premier League would have attempted to slalom through the defence like that.
“Many would have got the ball in the area and seen it as a chance to immediately pull the trigger. But not Sturridge.
“He is playing with so much confidence and is the type of player who can give you that something different.”