Jamie Carragher believes that Daniel Sturridge is nowhere near the level he was on under Brendan Rodgers and thinks that, with the forward on the pitch, it’s like playing with 10 men.
Now working for Sky Sports, Carragher is at his wits’ end with Daniel Sturridge. The former Liverpool centre-half played with Sturridge under Brendan Rodgers – a side in which the English striker quickly staked a claim for being one of the most important players in the squad.
Looking back at the 2013/14 season and it’s unbelievable to see how much the former Chelsea man has regressed. In Liverpool’s near miss with the Premier League, Sturridge’s pace and skill on the ball had defenders across the country on the back foot. This season, however, he looks to have lost all of his speed and most of his confidence.
Sturridge’s loss of form was highlighted last night by his misses against Southampton at Anfield.
After failing to score in his last four appearances, Carragher admits that having Sturridge on the pitch can be no different to being a man down.
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He said, “No, he’s not taken his chance. Sturridge is a completely different player to what he was like when he came here when Brendan Rodgers signed him.
“The whole point of him was his penetration and his pace and his ability to get in behind. But he chased one long ball tonight and ended up falling into the Kop when you thought he had to get there.
“Whether his pace has gone or he’s worried about injuries I don’t know. Michael Owen was a bit the same when I played with him.
“He can’t run in behind like Sadio Mane so the only reason to have him in the team is for his finishing ability and you have to put it on a plate for him. He doesn’t do anything else in the game and when he doesn’t score you are basically playing with 10 men.”
Damning stuff from the former Liverpool player, but it’s very hard to argue. The fact of the matter is that, for the last few months, we haven’t had the Sturridge of old on show and his talents are much needed if Klopp’s side are to be lifted from this sorry state they find themselves in.
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