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Daniel Sturridge should follow Gabriel Jesus’ example

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Daniel Sturridge should follow Gabriel Jesus’ example

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is still behind Roberto Firmino in the attacking pecking order at Anfield.

The Englishman has again warmed the bench this term, having to make do with the odd substitute appearance here and there in the Premier League and starting in the cups.

He has started just four games so far this season, and completely flopped in the FA Cup on Monday against Wolves – a game which the Reds lost 2-1.

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It was a big chance for Sturridge to perhaps prove a few people wrong, but the Englishman was ineffectual. He didn’t try and work his socks off and actually appeared laboured at times.

It will have been a concern to see Sturridge play so poorly, and his performance has exacerbated by another ‘number two’ striker later in the week.

Sturridge must follow Jesus’ lead

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is in a similar situation to Sturridge at Manchester City.

 

The Brazilian plays second fiddle to Sergio Aguero and must bide his time for chances.

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He was handed starts against Rotherham United and Burton Albion by Pep Guardiola, and certainly made the most of his opportunities, scoring five across the two games.

Jesus may be a lot younger than Sturridge, but the ex-Chelsea star should take heart from him and his situation.

Jesus has showed that he has the hunger, despite being behind Aguero at the Etihad Stadium.

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Sturridge needs to be working harder if he is to get more game time. He sometimes appears disinterested, which is perhaps why Jurgen Klopp doesn’t play him so much.

Taking a leaf out of Jesus’ book could see him restore his waning reputation and earn a new contract at the club.

Unfortunately, it could be a case of the player’s body simply not allowing him to be more industrious – Sturridge has had to contend with a multitude of injuries throughout his career.

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Tom is a Public Relations (Sports) graduate who has built up experience in digital football writing and original content production, with words having reached millions online. Also very partial to a cheeky pub quiz.

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