Graeme Souness thinks Daniel Sturridge should be seen as a 'bonus' by Liverpool

Souness feels there is a need for a new striker to be Liverpool's Plan A.

Former Liverpool midfielder and manager Graeme Souness has said the side can only use striker Daniel Sturridge as a 'bonus' plan when he is fit.

It has been another season where Sturridge has been unable to string a substantial run of games together after being struck down by niggling injuries. 

Last season, Sturridge had only played three games up until January - and missed the final part of the season with a hip injury - while this season he has only managed to feature on six occasions.

Souness seems frustrated that Liverpool can't get a forward on the field with the instincts of Sturridge more regularly but he feels a more reliable Plan A is needed in the final third. 

He is quoted in the Daily Telegraph, saying: “Without being too cruel, you just can’t rely on him. His history would tell you that he misses too many games.

“When he is on the pitch, he is star quality but he doesn’t play. If he plays it is a bonus instead of someone who is first name on the team sheet. That’s a shame for the boy but that is a fact.”

It is certainly one way of looking at it. Some of the more irrational responses have been that Liverpool should sell Sturridge while conveniently forgetting that any sensible club would not buy a forward with that injury record or the wages the forward currently commands, and that when he is scoring goals regularly, you'd have to question a club that would want to sell such a talent. 

The fact remains that Liverpool could do with a top class forward who finds the net regularly as their plan A. If Sturridge is available then to put him alongside another very good striker at times could scare the lift out of many defences in the league, and could release the 26-year-old of any psychological burden. 

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