Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush has shared some words of advice for Daniel Sturridge as he hopes he can still be an important player this season.
The 27-year-old has made just 11 appearances in all competitions so far this year, scoring four goals in his two EFL Cup outings while he has yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.
With Jurgen Klopp preferring Roberto Firmino up front and with the likes of Divock Origi providing competition, it’s been a difficult time for Sturridge.
As noted by The Independent, Southampton were the latest club to show an interest in the England international but Rush, who knows better than anyone what it takes to score goals regularly and be a Reds hero after bagging 346 goals in 660 appearances for the club, believes that he can still play an important part in Liverpool’s bid for silverware this season but he needs to adjust his attitude.
“We’re going to need Daniel Sturridge. He’s got to be patient and his time will come,” he told 888Sport.
“He’s the best finisher at the club and he’s absolutely superb but he needs to get his head down and get on with it. Sulking doesn’t help anyone.
“He will get a chance and he’s got to take them when they come. He has to create a problem for the manager and if you’re in a sulk you’re just making it easy for the manager.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool will entertain offers in the January transfer window, or if Sturridge can prove to Klopp in training and when given an opportunity that he can still offer the team a great deal.
Particularly with Sadio Mane being absent in January for the African Cup of Nations in January, it could free up a spot for the former Chelsea and Manchester City man to have a more prominent role, although he may well have to continue to accept being played out of position and making a contribution in any which he can.