Liverpool legend John Aldridge claims his former club are back to square one as they look to the returning Daniel Sturridge to save them once again.
Aldridge was writing an opinion column for the Liverpool Echo and believes that the Anfield club are in a situation that they’ve found themselves in all too often - waiting on the fitness of their striker to bail them out.
Sturridge has only made six appearances for The Reds this season and he resumed full training this week as he aims to make a return to first-team action.
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The club have scored just 30 goals in their 24 Premier League matches and are desperate for Sturridge to return from injury back to his best in a bid to help their lack of goal threat.
Sturridge has scored 37 goals in 60 Premier League matches for Liverpool but has only managed 23 appearances in the previous two seasons after being blighted by injuries.
“Well, we’ve been here before haven’t we?” wrote the Irishman.
“Daniel Sturridge is due to return to training this week, and once again Liverpool are right back at square one - hoping he can come and save them.
“We had it all through last season, when he had setback after setback. We sat and we waited and we hope, and it never really happened.
“Now, a year on and we are in the same boat again. Liverpool have spent money, they’ve changed manager, they’ve looked for solutions but they haven’t been able to fix the big problem. They can’t score goals.”
However Aldridge, who won one league title and one FA Cup as a player at Liverpool, believes that it’s a big ask to expect the 26-year-old to be firing as soon as returns to action.
“Sturridge, if he was to return at anything like his best level, would fix that (Liverpool’s goalscoring problems). But how big is that 'if’?,” he said.
Klopp’s side has gone three matches without scoring and have only won once in the league since December 30.
Following their 2-0 loss to Leicester to Tuesday, they lie in eighth place, 11 points away adrift of Arsenal in fourth position.