24 Nov 2015

Legend insists: 'Amazing' £18m star should not play for Liverpool again until he's 'raring to go'

With Daniel Sturridge's notorious unreliability, Liverpool need to find a way to consistently win games without him, and with Jurgen Klopp at the helm, there are encouraging signs that the Reds are well on the way to achieving that vital goal. Many fans expected Sturridge to play some part in the Man City game at the weekend, but the £18m-rated striker never made it off the bench, and according to Reds legend John Aldridge, shackling Sturridge was the right decision.

In his Monday column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldo explained:

"I was glad he [Klopp] didn’t bring on Daniel Sturridge [At Man City] because he really needs to be in the traps and raring to go before using him".

I totally agree with this. Prior to the game, I argued that Sturridge should be used as an impact sub for the next 2-3 months, and I maintain that view.

In fact, as long as Liverpool are winning games, there's no real need to start him at all.

Whether fans like it or not, Liverpool need to start planning for life without Sturridge *now*, as he is clearly not going to be a long-term solution for the club.

That may sound harsh, but retaining fitness is a skill, just like any other, and if Sturridge - hailed by Lucas for his 'amazing' ability' - can't stay fit for more than a few games a time, then the team has to to come first.

If recent results suggest anything, it's that the days of being damagingly reliant on Sturridge are (thankfully) close to being over.

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Author: Jaimie K


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