Parlour suggests where Sturridge will fit in on return from injury

Ex-Gunner Ray Parlour has predicted Daniel Sturridge won't be the main central striker for Liverpool when he returns from injury.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour told talkSPORT that he feels Daniel Sturridge’s return for Liverpool will be a welcome boost for the Anfield club.

The Daily Mail has reported that Sturridge is targeting an earlier than expected return from a hip problem, as he aims to have a big say in the shape of Liverpool’s season.

However, Parlour has suggested that the experienced England forward won’t have things his own way in terms of being the main central striker, tipping him to feature in a system similar to when Luis Suarez was at the club.

“It looks like his rehab is going well and he could be back in the team much sooner than people hoped – From Liverpool’s point of view it’s a big boost, with Benteke coming in as well. I can see him playing off of the left hand side maybe, that’s one of the options for Brendan,” he told talkSPORT.

“We know he’s done it before with Sterling up top and Sterling to the other side.”

No point playing Benteke anywhere else

There’s no point in Brendan Rodgers using new signing Christian Benteke anywhere else other than right at the top of the attack.

He’s got the size, presence and strength to be a real handful for any opposition defence and it will be interesting to see whether he can handle the pressure of representing the football club.

Sturridge showed in the Suarez formation that he’s at his best when he’s allowed to drift into key areas where he can be a threat, with perhaps the majority of the focus from the opposition on another player.

If Rodgers gets the blend and the balance right then the pair could have a big say in powering Liverpool into the top four.

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