Lawrenson weighs in on Sturridge debate

It’s certainly been a turbulent season for Daniel Sturridge as the England international struggles to find his place with Jurgen Klopp’s side at Liverpool, which has raised questions regarding the player’s long-term suitability to the squad.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea striker hit two goals in Liverpool’s 2-1 EFL Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur last night, which saw the Reds advance to the quarter-finals, but just days earlier he was an unused substitute in a Premier League clash against West Brom.

With Klopp preferring to utilise Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in attacking areas, speculation has been rife about Sturridge’s future but BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes he should stay at the club.

“He is a class act but is not in Liverpool’s best 11. They have Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, it is just not possible. I think it is a bonus to have him off the bench.

“He is by far and away Liverpool’s best goalscorer and he can make himself a goal out of nothing. At the moment he doesn’t start but no problem, he can come on and score goals and change a game. Why sell him? Why make another team stronger?”

Sturridge has now scored four goals in just two matches in the EFL Cup this season but is yet to find the net in the Premier League, with fans expecting more from a 27-year-old who should be enjoying the most clinical years of his career.

In the 2013/14 campaign Sturridge his 21 league goals, when partnered with Luis Suarez, but since the Uruguayan left that summer, the Englishman is yet to hit double figures since.