Liverpool legend urges club to keep injury-prone striker amid transfer speculation

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has urged his former club to keep Daniel Sturridge despite his injury troubles, according to reports from The Sun.

Sturridge has struggled to maintain his fitness the past two seasons, which has seen him only make 12 starts for the Merseyside club this term.

However, despite his limited game time, the England international has registered seven goals, which is a decent goal every other game ratio.

And Rush, who scored an incredible 346 times for the Reds, has urged German manager Jurgen Klopp to keep hold of Sturridge amid speculation that he is set to be sold in the summer transfer market.

He said: “Sturridge is one of the best players in the world.

“If you look when Sturridge plays and the goals he scores, he has been fantastic.

“But you have just got to keep him fit. He has got the Euros coming up so he has got a chance between now and the end of the season to prove himself again.”

The former Wales international went on to comment on Sturridge’s teammate Christian Benteke, who is also being linked with an exit after failing to make an impact since his £32.5million switch from Aston Villa.

Rush added: “With Benteke, I think he is short of confidence.

“I was happy when Liverpool signed Benteke. Two years ago, he was ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi in the national team.

“He has got ability but he is obviously just frustrated because he is not playing week in, week out.

“It is difficult if you are not playing every week to get yourself match fit. He just needs to score goals.

“He will get his chance and, when he does, he has got to take it. If you are scoring goals, it is hard for a manager to leave you out.”

Liverpool will host title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in their next Premier League fixture this weekend.