Steve Nicol said on the ESPN FC show on BT Sport/ESPN on Tuesday evening (December 8, 7pm broadcast time) that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is a much better striker than Everton youngster Romelu Lukaku.
“I would have Sturridge over him (Lukaku),” said Nicol, who won the European Cup with Liverpool in 1984. “If you are talking about ability-wise, Sturridge is miles ahead of him. If Sturridge is fit, he is playing in most teams on the planet.”
Sturridge is one of the better players in the Liverpool squad at the moment, and when fit he is the team’s first-choice striker.
The 26-year-old struggled to establish himself at Manchester City and Chelsea, but he is at home at Anfield.
The England international scored 10 goals and created 30 chances in 14 Premier League appearances for Liverpool during the 2012-13 season.
In 2013-14, Sturridge scored 21 goals and created 29 chances in 29 league matches for the Reds.
The striker has been injured for most of the time since then, having managed just 12 Premier League appearances last season and only five so far this term.
Meanwhile, Lukaku is back to his best at Everton after not playing as well as expected last season.
The 22-year-old Belgium international striker has scored 11 goals and created 18 chances in 15 Premier League games this term.