With the likes of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling all leaving Anfield in recent years, there a very few high-profile players left at the club.
The club haven’t won a league title since 1990 and can no longer consider themselves as a ‘top four’ team having only achieved Champions League qualification once in the previous seven seasons.
Their best players are often snapped up by European giants with Suarez, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres all moving onto bigger - though not necessarily better - things.
As an underachieving club, it’s hard to keep hold of your best players but there is one player in the current Liverpool squad that club legend Jamie Carragher believes every team in the league would want.
"He’s (Sturridge) certainly the one player in Liverpool’s squad that the other teams in the Barclays Premier League would love to have,” Carragher wrote in hisDaily Mail column.
"The big problem with Sturridge, however, is the fact that all of the above comes with a ‘but’ – Liverpool should have been building their team around him but they had to spend £32.5million on Christian Benteke because they could not count on him being available.”
Sturridge has been plagued with injuries in the previous two seasons but looks to be starting to return to full-fitness. The 26-year-old is likely to lead the line for the Reds as they seek to win their first trophy since 2012 when they take on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley on Sunday.
The former Manchester City, Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers man has a fantastic scoring record for the Anfield outfit when he is fit. He’s managed an impressive 45 goals in 75 appearances in all competitions during his three-and-a-half seasons on Merseyside.
He, along with Suarez, also propelled his side to Premier League glory in the 2013/14 campaign when his 21 goals in 29 league appearances saw Liverpool come within inches of beating Manchester City to the title.
But his importance goes beyond just goals. During the 61 matches Sturridge has played in the Premier League for Liverpool, they have lost just nine times.
Despite his incredible goalscoring record which puts him amongst the greats in the club’s history, he still hasn’t fully won the Liverpool fans over due to his persistent injury problems.
Carragher believes that, with Sturridge entering the prime in his career, he needs to step up to plate and be a hero.
"Strikers don’t tend to have the same impact once they reach 30, so the next four years are crucial: this is the time, starting with the Capital One Cup final, when Dan has to become The Man".
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