The situation of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been a controversial topic for club boss Jurgen Klopp to deal with since he was appointed manager in October 2015 with many stakeholders believing that the English international does not suit the ‘pressing’ style of the former Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund boss and also in addition to his well documented injury problems.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea star had recently been out for some few weeks with a calf injury however he returned to good effect in Liverpool’s last league game against Everton at Goodison Park as he came on as a second half substitute to set up the goal scored by Senegalese star Sadio Mane for a last gasp 1-0 win over their Merseyside rivals though helping the Reds to maintain their push for a first league title since over two decades.
As a result of his impact against Everton, Daniel Sturridge must start due to the following three reasons:
1. Form Against Stoke City
Daniel Sturridge has a really good record against the Potters having scored in all his three appearances against them as a Liverpool player. The game on Tuesday represents another chance for him to continue that form.
2. Injury Woes
With the long term injury to Danny Ings, who has since been ruled out for the rest of season with a serious knee injury, and the ankle injury to Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho, who has been out of action for the better part of two months, it is the perfect time for Sturridge to get back into the starting line-up though the former should feature in the crucial clash against Manchester City at Anfield on Saturday, December 31, 2016.
3. Firmino Blip
Brazilian star Roberto Firmino has suffered a blip in form after failing to find the back of the net in the last six games compared to his impressive return of six goals in 12 league and cup appearances. The return to fitness of Sturridge could be vital so that Jurgen Klopp can give Firmino a breather against Stoke City.