Paul Dickov, who has known Daniel Sturridge since he was 16, comments on his Liverpool future

Daniel Sturridge

The former Scotland international knew Sturridge at Manchester City.

Daniel Sturridge made his latest return to first-team action after more injury trouble against West Ham United in the FA Cup last night.

He had played just six times this season prior to last night - scoring four goals. He struggled with fitness last term as well, after scoring an exceptional 28 goals in 42 games for club and country in 2013-14.

One man who knows he will be struggling to deal with being out of the team is Paul Dickov. The former Scotland international was at Manchester City when Sturridge was making waves in their academy and has been talking up the player this week.

He told Sky Sports:

"I have known Daniel since he has been a 16-year-old at Man City. He is a little bit misunderstood sometimes. He's a good kid, he's got a real good attitude, and is desperate to do well.

"It will really hurt him. As much as it hurts the Liverpool team that he is not playing so many games."

Sturridge has been in the media spotlight after his recent injury troubles. It was even rumoured he could force a move out of the club in the summer after becoming fed up over questions regarding his Liverpool commitment.

But even if he did want a move, Dickov does not think he would get one:

"Will someone come and get him in the summer? I can't see it because he has not spent enough time on the pitch at the minute. Who is going to come in and buy him?

"What he has to do now before the end of the season is get a good run of games, get his fitness back up to a level where it should be, and look at being at Liverpool next year."

Sturridge came through his most recent comeback unscathed and Liverpool fans will be hoping that he has finally put his injury troubles behind him.

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