Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Sturridge will face Anfield exit unless he adapts – Saunders


Dean Saunders thinks Daniel Sturridge has as much talent as Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero – but he must start to “fit into [Jurgen] Klopp’s formula” if he is to remain at Liverpool.

Sturridge has only made four Premier League starts this season and has failed to hit the target in any of his appearances in the league.

However, with Sadio Mane off to the African Cup of Nations in January, the England international will be hoping to start a few more matches.

“I think Sturridge is up there with [Sergio] Aguero, talent wise. Firmino has been playing up the middle for Liverpool because he is better at getting the ball back. Sturridge, for real cutting edge and hurting you as a striker, is up there with the best,” Saunders told Premier League Daily.

“But he just can’t stay fit and they need to get to the bottom of it because the injuries are holding his career back.

“He is not getting a run of games together. Klopp has to play him up the middle, but does he react as quick as Firmino when you lose the ball? No, and that’s why Firmino plays in front of him.