James Milner comments on Liverpool's striking options

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge returned to goalscoring ways in the 3-2 win over Aston Villa.

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has said in the Liverpool Echo that any side would miss Daniel Sturridge after seeing him get his first two goals of the season during a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The Reds have bemoaned the absence of their best forward for large parts of last season and the start of this campaign, but Sturridge starting to find the net again coincided with Liverpool scoring three goals in a game for the first time since February - when they overcame Tottenham Hotspur by the same scoreline last season.

Milner is quoted in the Liverpool Echo talking about the other striking options who have featured for the Reds so far this season, saying: “Daniel is a top player and any team would miss him.

“It is great to have him back. Him and Danny Ings got through a lot of work up there and had chances as well. It is great to have the two of them up there and playing well.

“We have some great options. Christian (Benteke) is injured unfortunately at the moment but I think the mix of strikers we have got is very good. That combination of different things – players running in behind and players holding it up.”

Both Benteke and Ings have managed to find the net so far this season with two goals each which is pleasing for the club given their struggle to score goals over the past few years, though there needs to be more of a contribution from other areas of the team - like from Milner who managed to get off the mark with his first goal for the Reds at the weekend. 

The hard work of Ings has endeared himself to the fans, and his partnership with Sturridge appears to have been the side's most potent attacking threat so far this season - but we have seen what Benteke has in his locker with two very different goals. It is a question of trying to get the Belgian into the game more and more when he is given the nod to start the game.

Sturridge is definitely Liverpool's biggest goalscoring threat, and has managed to find himself among the goals pretty regularly ever since he made the move from Chelsea in 2013. There is a lot of reliance on the striker, who has been troubled by injuries over the past year, and the club will hope he has managed to put those troubles behind him.

It is interesting that Divock Origi wasn't mentioned by Milner, but that may indicate the young Beligan will be used as a squad player for the season rather than as a frontline forward. 

It's encouraging for Liverpool to see Sturridge in among the goals but they need to develop other ways of finding the net, as they can't solely rely on him to carry them forward. 

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