Liverpool legend says Daniel Sturridge is not the same player anymore

Liverpool legend says Daniel Sturridge is not the same player anymore”

The England striker scored an impressive 21 goals in 29 appearances during Liverpool's close-but-not-quite-title-winning 2013/14 season, with Suarez sat alongside him in attack.

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Sturridge was given a rare start as the Reds drew 1-1 against the Magpies, with the England global struggling to impress at St. James' Park on Sunday.

Carragher believes that Liverpool's failure to sufficiently strengthen at the back during the summer is to blame for their disappointing run of form, which has seen them win only one of their last seven games in all competitions.

"Do I think Liverpool are a genuine title challenger this season? No".

Sturridge was handed a rare start under Jurgen Klopp at the weekend, as Liverpool could only manage a 1-1 draw at St James' Park, with Roberto Firmino being dropped to the bench.

Liverpool is Sturridge's third Premier League club of his career. If Firmino is playing his normal level, then Sturridge doesn't play.

Daniel Sturridge may start against Newcastle United tomorrow with his manager Jürgen Klopp insisting that Liverpool do not lack the firepower of their Premier League rivals.

Carragher told the Echo: "I've got a amusing story about that, and I didn't mind it actually - I was happy about it".

"Sturridge is a match-winner and he's got superb ability".

"You only have to look at the people we talk about all the time like Sanchez".

"He said 'why did you say they should sell me?'".

Anyway, as the old cliché goes, a team is most vulnerable after they score a goal and that applied to Jurgen Klopp's side yesterday.

"He wasn't too happy that I'd said that, but my point was that a player of his quality, you either play or you go".

And quite frankly, he's got a point. He scored 24 goals in 96 appearances for the Blues before eventually moving to Liverpool in 2013.

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