Former Liverpool star tipped to play vital role for Guardiola at Man City

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Micah Richards believes that Manchester City should sign former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to ease their crisis up front.

City only brought Sergio Aguero back from injury last weekend when the attacker suffered another problem. Indeed, boss Pep Guardiola says the Argentine could be out for another month.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus remains on the sidelines after picking up an injury while on duty with Brazil.

As such, Richards feels ex-City youth player Sturridge should return to his former side. The 31-year-old is without a club after receiving a four-month footballing ban in April.

“It would have been easy for Daniel to walk away from the game, but he’s still hungry,” Richards wrote in a BBC Sport column.

“He went to Turkey last year to get away from all of that talk about him being injury-prone and get some games under his belt, to show he can stay fit.

“He was doing well with Trabzonspor and was enjoying it before he got hit by a ban for breaching betting rules.

“When he plays football again it might be with another team abroad, but I can’t help but think that there are several clubs in the Premier League who are missing a trick by not signing him.”

Richards added: “I would include City in that, just to fill in while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are injured. Even if he was half-fit, he would score goals in that side.

“At the moment it almost feels like people have forgotten how good he is, but Daniel still has time to remind them, and show everyone what he is really all about.”

City struggling to find top gear



Amid his team’s injury problems, Guardiola handed young striker Liam Delap a Premier League debut recently.

The 17-year-old came on in the 5-2 defeat to Leicester, one of several poor results from City this season.

Indeed, they have struggled to recreate their clinical penchant for finishing, partly the cause of their seven dropped points this term.

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