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12 Feb 2016

'Start Him': Lawro urges Klopp to unleash 'wonderful' £25m attacker against Villa. Agree...?

On Tuesday, Daniel Sturridge finally made his long-awaited return from injury and although he looked sharp against, he couldn't stop Liverpool getting dumped out of the FA Cup by West Ham. Sturridge seemingly made it through the game unscathed, and Reds legend Mark Lawrenson has called on Jurgen Klopp to start the £25m-rated striker against Aston Villa this weekend.

Speaking to the BBC on Thursday, Lawro explained:

"Sturridge looked sharp when he came off the bench and I would be inclined to start him on Sunday. If he is fit, what is the point of holding him back?"

Lawro clearly has a very short memory. Sturridge - hailed this week by Brendan Rodgers as a 'wonderful' player - may (ostensibly) be fit, but given his ludicrous injury history, playing him twice in one week is simply asking for trouble.

Examples of Sturridge's historical injury layoffs after playing two games in a week:

* 2013 (NOV 19-23): Our for SIX weeks after injury

* 2014 (AUG 31-SEP 03): Out for FOUR months.

* 2015 (APR-04-08): Out for FIVE months.

* 2015 (DEC 02-06): Out for TWO months.

The moral of this story: do not play Sturridge twice in one week!

Given Liverpool's trainwreck of a season, the temptation is obviously strong to play Sturridge as often as possible, but Klopp needs to remain strong and restrict him to just one game per week.

As the historical stats show, it's folly (and arguably negligence) to play Sturridge more often than that.

Author: Jaimie K


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