John Barnes says Daniel Sturridge inspires Liverpool

John Barnes speaks highly of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

Goals are not the only thing that Daniel Sturridge brings to Liverpool, John Barnes has told the Daily Mail.

The Reds striker has once again spent the vast majority of the season on the sidelines, with a series of niggling injuries having hampered his game time.

Sturridge is now back fit, though, and make an impressive return to the starting lineup in his side’s 6-0 win over Aston Villa, as he bagged the opening goal of the game.

That was the sort of decisive finishing his team have sorely missed this season, but Barnes insists goals are not the only thing he bring to the side.

'We know how good Daniel is, we like to see him fit and we can see what he brings to the team, not just in terms of what he does individually,” he told the Daily Mail.

“He inspires the team and brings greater creativity. Philippe Coutinho looks happier now that the burden of responsibility of creativity isn’t all on his shoulders.

“We [also] saw Firmino and Coutinho link up well. Hopefully we can keep him fit between now and the cup final and see what we can do.”

While Barnes says goals aren’t the only thing that Sturridge brings to the side, Liverpool will certainly be hoping he can add some goals to their side in the games remaining this season.

The Merseyside outfit have struggled in that department all season, with Christian Benteke failing to justify the transfer fee they paid Aston Villa for his services in the summer of 2015.

If Sturridge could come in and help that situation in any way, it would likely be a huge boost to their hopes of a top six finish or better this season.

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