Give him time! This Liverpool legend believes Daniel Sturridge will come good…
Robbie Fowler has warned Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers that he needs to give his star striker Daniel Sturridge more time to rediscover his best form.
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The 25-year-old has been in and out of the Northern Irishman’s starting line-up since returning from a five month injury lay-off at the end of January, and some fans are beginning to get frustrated.
Since then he’s managed just four goals in all competitions, the most recent of which came during last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
His indifferent form – well below the incredibly high standards he set last season – has led to some critics suggesting that Raheem Sterling is currently a better option for the Reds up front.
However, Fowler, who scored 183 goals for us during two spells on Merseyside, believes that it’s only a matter of time before Sturridge is back to the sort of form that saw him bag 24 times last term.
He told the Daily Mirror: “What happens is when you first come back into the side, you get by on adrenalin.
“And then all of a sudden it just hits you. You are playing catch-up. He missed a lot of games and he looked sharp and looked good when he came back.
“But then there’s that little bit of a momentum loss. He’s not playing as well as he would like but you know what – he’s still scoring goals.
“His movement and sharpness is probably not what it was when he first came back but he’ll get it right.
“Because I’m a forward I think it’s not just about him. We shouldn’t be putting pressure on Daniel to score goals, we need other players to weigh in as well.”
Indeed, in comparison to last season, we’ve struggled somewhat for goals this term. Only Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, both with ten, have reached double figures in all competitions, while Sturridge’s tally of five is enough to have him joint-third behind Jordan Henderson.
“We need the Raheems to score, we need the Coutinhos to score – he’s obviously doing very well at the minute – we need other players as well,” Fowler added.
“You want all your team to defend but you want all your team to weigh in with some goals as well. I think that’s probably what we want more than anything.”