Arsenal great Ian Wright: Daniel Sturridge is key to Liverpool’s top-four chances

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright sings the praises of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has written in The Sun that Daniel Sturridge is key to Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

The 25-year-old England international striker made a stunning comeback from a long-term injury on Saturday when he scored against West Ham United.

Sturridge came on as a second-half substitute in the Premier League clash at Anfield and found the target in the 80th minute.

That goal wrapped up a 2-0 victory for the Reds and saw them maintain their challenge for a top-four finish this campaign.

Former Arsenal striker Wright was delighted to see the former Chelsea and Manchester City star score on his comeback, and has highlighted his importance for Liverpool for the rest of the season.

“Liverpool’s striking problems have been well documented this season, and keeping Sturridge fit will be key for their top four hopes and chances of winning the FA Cup,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun.

“And if Saturday was an example of what lies ahead over the next few months, a stuttering season could well have a finish to remember for Kopites.”

Despite Liverpool’s recent upturn in fortunes, there is no doubt that the Merseyside outfit have desperately missed Sturridge.

The Englishman is manager Brendan Rodgers’s first-choice striker, and in his absence neither Mario Balotelli nor Rickie Lambert has been able to set up.

In fact, winger Raheem Sterling has been deployed as a centre-forward in the last few games, and he has done considerately better than Balotelli and Lambert.

With Sturridge now match fit, he is likely to be Liverpool’s main striker once again. If he remains fit and regains the form of last season soon, then the Reds could become a very formidable force upfront indeed.

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