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Three players who need to step up for Liverpool, including Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action with Hull City's Robert Snodgrass

As club football resumes, which members of Liverpool's red-hot, gung-ho squad need to step up for the club?

The Reds have produced an all-action start to the season, having scored 18 goals in seven games, but failing to keep a clean sheet. They have been in excellent form, sitting fourth in the table with a game in hand. 

However, despite their excellent start, there are a few squad players who need to step up for the club. 

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action with Hull City's Robert Snodgrass

Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool's most talented natural striker. Yet it speaks volumes that he is behind Roberto Firmino - an attacking midfielder by trade - in the pecking order.

It is clear that one thing Jurgen Klopp values very highly is a good attitude and hard work. Sturridge has bundles of talent, but he must work harder, press more, and buy into the team ethic more if he is to lead the line for the Reds. 

Alberto Moreno

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action

Alberto Moreno has received the ire of many a fan for his poor defensive performances since joining Liverpool. He is more than happy to sprint forward and attack, but is noticeably less enthusiastic about defending.

However, the Spaniard produced a decent performance in the EFL Cup  - at both ends of the pitch. 

He is another that has been pushed out by a player out position, with midfielder James Milner filling the left-back slot of late. 

Moreno hasn't been sold yet, though, and must use his limited appearances and time in training to prove to Klopp that he can defend as well as he can attack, and give Klopp a reason to trust him.

Mamadou Sakho

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Mamadou Sakho has failed to make a competitive appearance for Liverpool this season. As mentioned previously, Klopp is a big advocate of a good attitude, and the Frenchman has not impressed with his so far.

Coupled with his comments on social media, it has likely given Sakho a bad reputation with his German manager. 

The fact remains, though, that Sakho is an excellent defender. As well as new signing Ragnar Klavan has done, Sakho should really be vying for a starting spot with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip (another new signing). 

Matip in particular has been exceptional, but despite his and the rest of the back four's best efforts, a clean sheet has still evaded the Reds thus far.

Sakho would not be a quick-fix for the problem, but his presence would certainly do no harm. He must step up in his attitude, and prove to his manager that he is worthy of his place in the squad. 

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