John Aldridge thinks Daniel Sturridge is lacking confidence, needs to make changes to his game

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge's performances since his return from injury have probably not lived up to expectations.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge feels that Daniel Sturridge is lacking a little bit of confidence and has urged him to play a slightly different game than the one he is playing currently.

Aldridge feels that the Reds forward is dropping into midfield a bit too much and isn't stretching the back line like he can, while a chance that was saved in the first half by Hugo Lloris in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham at the weekend, suggesting he rushed the chance.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "I think the way he took that shows there is a little lack of confidence with Daniel at the moment. Usually, you’d expect him to take a touch, pick his spot and find the corner. But he rushed it, blasted it first time and hit it straight at the ‘keeper.

"I think you can tell that he’s not at 100% yet. It’s maybe taking him a little longer to get that explosiveness back in his game, and I think that’s frustrating him.

"I watched him closely on Saturday, and I would like to see him moving across the line more, dragging defenders out of position and running in behind.

"That’s his game. At times on Saturday he was dropping into midfield and coming deep for the ball, and that’s not what we need from him."

It's not exactly uncommon for Sturridge to drop deep and look for the ball in games, he has done it on many occasions since he joined the Reds - including his best goalscoring season two years ago when the found the net 24 times in all competitions, he would like to drop and look for work. In fact, Sturridge dropping into a deeper position contributed heavily to Philippe Coutinho opening the scoring. 

However, it could be down to confidence that he probably isn't getting into the positions that Aldridge would like him to. Given the succession of injuries that Sturridge has had, it wouldn't be at all surprising if it took him a little more time to find the confidence to move as quickly off the mark as he has done. 

Some would suggest that he could do with a strike partner alongside him, but even when he's seemingly below par, Liverpool's number 15 is making a contribution. 

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