Former Liverpool favourite Emile Heskey has called on the club to keep faith with injury-plagued striker Daniel Sturridge.
Heskey, who spent four years at Anfield between 2000 and 2004, is a huge admirer of Sturridge and believes the 27-year-old has a big role to play in Jurgen Klopp’s side going forward.
Speaking on This is Anfield, Heskey admitted that Sturridge’s injury issues are a concern but that his talent is worth persevering with in what is an impressive Reds forward line.
“I think that is one area that they possibly don’t need to tinker with too much — but that is if they can keep hold of the likes of Daniel Sturridge,” he said.
“I think he has got plenty of ability.
“I have been very impressed with him for years, right from when he was a young lad at Manchester City. He has gone from strength to strength.
“The only thing that has troubled him are his injuries and whether he can be kept fit, but you can see that he is a massive, massive asset.
“The manager went with Coutinho, Firmino and Mane, which is very dynamic, so he will find it difficult to get in.
“And then you have [Divock] Origi, who is another direct player.”
As for Liverpool’s 2016-17 as a whole, Heskey admitted worries about a lack of consistency but ifs fully behind Klopp.
“Up until Christmas, I still thought that they were title contenders,” he added.
“They just need that consistency and I don’t see why they can’t find it.
“With a bit of work from the manager they can get that consistency to mount a challenge at being champions.
“At the end of the day, when you have a manager who shows so much passion on the sideline — kicking every ball with the players, feeling all the anger and all the pain — you know that he is in it for the right reason.
“He is one of us and it’s nice to see that.”