Sturridge needs more games to become great – Rodgers

By on October 28, 2014

Injury worries have been ravaging several teams in the Premier League this season and Liverpool have also received their fair share. Theirs is even more peculiar because after transferring Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the club were obviously depending on Englishman Danny Sturridge to sustain their last season’s feat. After getting on the score sheets on the opening game of the season several Anfield fans must have braced themselves up for another goal-filled season, however since August, the prolific striker had been side-lined after getting injured while featuring for the English national team.

Of the 9 matches that the reds have played this term, Sturridge has only featured thrice and was pictured starring from the stands as Liverpool struggled but failed to salvage a point against Hull City. Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers believes that the Englishman needs to feature in more games to be considered one of the finest in Europe. The Anfield boss stated that: ‘He won’t become a top European striker until he plays consistently. It doesn’t matter about potential. You have to play.

The manager signed Mario Balotelli this summer to cushion the effect of what Luis Suarez’s exit or any unforeseen injury scare like in the present case of Sturridge would cause, but the Italian had been very poor and that is to seriously mince words. The manager further stated that:

‘Top players have such an influence on the team, when you are under the cosh, you know that you have strikers who can score out of nothing. When you have that as a team, it is a big weapon. Sturridge is one of them. That is where we aim to get with Daniel.”

Even as it is, Brendan Rodgers strongly believes that the forward will come back with a bang despite missing over 8 weeks of training and that the club just needs to manage until the forward returns. The boss explained that: ‘When he comes back into the team, you will see the confidence because of the movement and the dynamism. But he isn’t fit and he hasn’t been for a long time. Everyone can see our conditions are different to work this season. The Players are doing their best.’

Hopefully, if Daniel Sturridge can garner close to the 22 goals he scored last season, then he could be on his way to become one of the greats in European football.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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