Daniel Sturridge has enjoyed some fine moments during his Liverpool career so far, but this season the England international is struggling to hold down a place in Jurgen Klopp's team.
The German has instead opted for a front three consisting of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, leaving the 27-year-old stranded on the bench and yet to score in the Premier League.
It's certainly not been a campaign to remember for Sturridge so far, as he looks surplus to requirements, with Liverpool the league's current top scorers.
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However, Reds legend and the club's all-time top scorer Ian Rush believes the England striker is Klopp's "best finisher", as per the 888sport, despite his four goals for the club all coming in the EFL Cup so far this campaign.
“We’re going to need Daniel Sturridge. He’s got to be patient and his time will come." said Rush.
“He’s the best finisher at the club and he’s absolutely superb but he needs to get his head down and get on with it. Sulking doesn’t help anyone.
“He will get a chance and he’s got to take them when they come. He has to create a problem for the manager and if you’re in a sulk you’re just making it easy for the him.”
Sturridge attracting suitors
Sturridge has been linked with a move away from Anfield in January, with a host of Premier League clubs understood to be interested in his services.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea striker netted 13 times in total under Klopp last campaign, but it was under the reign of Brendan Rodgers that the Sturridge truly excelled, as he played a major role in Liverpool's title fight with City.
Sturridge's 24 goals in all competitions saw him form a prolific partnership alongside Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling. But times have significantly changed since then, with both of his forward partners having departed Anfield in big-money moves.
And Rush believes Klopp should do all he can to convince Sturridge that he has a future on Merseyside, if Liverpool are to secure their first Premier League title.
Rush demanding patience
“In my opinion he should stay because he’s got a big part to play at Liverpool." Rush added.
“It would be harder for Liverpool to win the league if Daniel Sturridge left the club. Divock Origi is another one too.
“They have to be patient because they will be needed throughout the season.”
Sturridge has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season, but his recent goal for England against Scotland in a World Cup qualifier showcased to Klopp how instinctive he is in front of goal.
But with the Liverpool striker now in the prime of his career, it remains to be seen how patient the 27-year-old will be before he calls an end on his time at Anfield.
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