Danny Murphy - Sturridge better than Marcus Rashford and Gabriel Jesus


Daniel Sturridge is better than Gabriel Jesus and Marcus Rashford says ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy

Sturridge has struggled for regular football under Jurgen Klopp and was sent out on loan to West Brom for the second half last season.

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But the 29-year-old started this campaign in sublime form and scored a stunning equaliser to rescue a point for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Liverpool are determine to surpass Manchester City to the Premier League title this season and Murphy believes a fit Daniel Sturridge could be key for Klopp's side.

"If Daniel Sturridge is fit, he’s a good as there is in the Premier League," Murphy told talkSPORT.

"He’s a natural finisher, he scores all types of goals and what he’s got that most other forwards haven't is total self-belief. He's so capable. He's a match-winner and a sensational player.

"For me, he's the best second striker in the Premier League by a mile. 

"Gabriel Jesus has dipped a bit and you could argue Marcus Rashford maybe, but he's not as naturally gifted a goalscorer as Sturridge in the box.

"If Liverpool can keep Sturridge fit and keep him happy, by giving him plenty of minutes off the bench and get him starting in certain games in the league and cups, he could be the difference.

"He'll get 20 goals this season if he gets the games.

"He's got 67 goals in 140 games for Liverpool – there are not many strikers with a better strike rate, and he's not first choice.

"You shouldn’t really be sitting on the bench anywhere with that strike rate.

"But if they keep using him in the way they are, with how fit and hungry he looks, Liverpool are going to be there or thereabouts. He could well be the difference for Liverpool.

"I still fancy Man City, they have got a load of players who can score those goals as well, but I just think Sturridge gives Liverpool an extra string to their bow.

"Klopp has got a wonderful headache at the moment. Shaqiri looks sharp and Sturridge is chomping at the bit, and that’s only going to push the other players to keep performing."

It has been reported that Liverpool are keeping tabs on Marcus Rashford and could swoop in January for the United forward who currently look unsettled at the Theater of Dreams.

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