Liverpool's run in: Cometh the hour, cometh the Studge?

Liverpool's run in: Cometh the hour, cometh the Studge?

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Hello, hello. Here we go. It’s getting closer.

Southampton at home, West Ham away, Middlesbrough at home.

“Six points will do us,” says Fred. “Nah, we need seven” offers Barry. “Don’t be so pessimistic, four points and Champions League football is as good as ours” predicts Bob.

Maybe all Liverpool need is Daniel Sturridge, in order to go above and beyond those totals.

To say that Sturridge is a secret weapon is unfair. Everyone’s aware of his qualities, to the extent where in a quiet season where he’s struggled for form, minutes when fit and fitness in general, he’s still managed eight goals (for club and country).

With Liverpool’s fixtures to come against Southampton, West Ham and Middlesbrough, all have little to play for. Southampton and West Ham are lodged in mid-table, whilst ‘Boro should be relegated by the final day.

With this in mind, and given Liverpool’s weaknesses, it’s going to be very easy for the players to mimic sitting on the sand by sitting in at the back, making it tricky and looking to counter when given the chance.

Given Sturridge seems to have lost a tiny bit of pace this season, it’s only natural for Liverpool to use his skills on the ball, rather than running off it. His touch, guile and vision are greatly underrated qualities when compared to the striker’s lethal finishing, and having Sturridge in the team not only adds a striker who knows where the goal is, but also how to set others up.

Where does he play though? Divock Origi hasn’t been at his best recently but is certainly trying hard and providing a useful outlet as a fairly powerful striker at the top of the pitch, even if that sort of role isn’t one that will shoot the Belgian to greatness.

Origi hasn’t scored in his last four, so could do with sitting a game or two out. That’s an even greater idea when you consider that Liverpool *haven’t* actually been playing that well recently. Of the Reds’ last five goals, I count three wonder-strikes, one from a set-piece and one scrappy one from a knockdown.

Whilst grinding out wins is all well and good, and given Liverpool’s leaky defence it seems great, it’s perhaps not sustainable and we certainly wouldn’t want it to come crashing down right at the most important part of the season.

Plus, you can’t say that a line-up of Can-Wijnaldum-Lallana-Firmino-Coutinho-Sturridge doesn’t look a little sexier than what we’ve seen in recent weeks.

It must be said too that cometh the hour, usually cometh the Studge. It’s easily forgotten the huge part he played in the run to the Europa League final last season, when the pressure was on.

Scoring a penalty against Manchester United at 0-0, he was dropped in favour of Origi against Dortmund but still showed a cool head to make an intelligent run and tee up Milner for *that* cross to Lovren, before scoring a decisive goal against Villarreal and then the beautiful strike against Sevilla that unfortunately led to nothing.

Should Sturridge come in and make the difference, something he’s well capable of, he’d also be firmly putting himself in the shop window for a summer move.

Like it or not, the 27-year-old will likely be off in the summer. Talk of £40M bids earlier in the week was laughed off by even the most optimistic of Reds, but their tune may change if he comes in and scores some important goals to round off an injury ravaged – but ultimately very impressive – Liverpool career.

Cometh the hour, cometh the Studge. Just think about it, Jürgen?

 

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9 responses to “Liverpool’s run in: Cometh the hour, cometh the Studge?”

  1. Janet Pouso says:

    Sturidge should NOT be sold! I don’t understand why Klopp says he must ‘run around’. Why? The player does what he’s best at…Poaching goals. He brings subtlety and class. Why search for a player of his talent, when we’ve got him? No doubt he’ll be sold, and then come back to bite us, like Benteke.

  2. Neil Vaughan says:

    I doubt it. Sturridge will be injured by tomorrow. He can’t even get out of bed without getting a niggle.

  3. Faniepalms says:

    Sturridge is good but you can’t play football wearing king aurthurs body armour… He gets injured even when signing autographs…. He’s good but too fragile for a sport like football.

  4. Nathan Blavo says:

    I love him to stay but injuries and some of these pool fans xoubfimg him and looks like Klopp lack of faith of him he go.

  5. Gordon Lugna says:

    It’s All between the ears. Sturridge is just too weak mentality-wise. In his heyday while playing alongside Suarez and Sturridge he had the threat of those players scoring allowing him space to run onto those through balls. Klomp’s philosophy of defending from the front and up temp work rate goes counter to his natural tendencies and style of play. Sturridge can be “world class” but he has to want adapt his play to meld with the coach’s and by extension the teams. Just as Suarez has done at Barca and Sterling is doing at City.

  6. Themba says:

    Sturridge is a liability. Liverpool must search for a fit, healthy, talented, abaptible and hungry striker. It also about time they added a few player who have won at least one major title. That mentality gets needed more than talent at crucial moments. Compare Chelsea to Tottenham to understand what I’m trying to say

  7. Red Panther says:

    I’ll for one be sad to see his class as a finisher leave the club but it may be best for both parties. His goal scoring abilities were never a doubt. we all knew about the injuries so hey. Having said this if any striker will come back to haunt us on match day it will be Daniel. His quick feet and lack for the need of back lift on shots is an asset for any striker and or team if given the chances he will score he’s a natural at that for sure. I think he could be an asset but we are trying to go forward and a crocked striker no matter how good is a crocked striker. Origi however is not the answer we need a real striker like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , Robert Lewandowski and or King Luis not saying we will get one of these but they are proven 20 + a season goal scorers. With the others chipping in with 15’s 14’s 13’s 12’s ect we will be the force up front also I think Joel Matip paired with Virgil Van Dyke and a left back as well as a defensive Mid so far I’ve probably spent 150 mil pounds off set that by sales and we will have paid out maybe 115-120 mill way short of the 150-200 predicted.

  8. Red Panther says:

    BTW I’d take Aubameyang due to his class of finishing firstly, age, speed, mobility and knowledge of Klopp’s coaching style

  9. Janet Pouso says:

    It’s me again. Just heard : Shunter 1 Moanio 0. Anyway, was listening to Him Begin on TalkSport, who says we need “a big imposing player upfront”. Any suggestions?! Grujic is tall, but is he big? Never seen him……..

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Updated: 2017-05-06 09:47:02
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