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Former Reds striker on why Liverpool are struggling to score regularly this season



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SterlingSturridgeFormer Liverpool striker Emile Heskey claims Brendan Rodgers was banking on Daniel Sturridge to fulfil the void left by the departure of Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan international was the Reds’ top scorer in the league last season. However, the controversial striker ended his time in England and completed a switch to Camp Nou in the summer.

Liverpool signed Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli to their attacking division and the duo have struggled to find the back of the net this season. Injuries have kept Sturridge on the sidelines as he is still recovering from the latest injury.

The England international picked up an injury during the training before England’s clash against Switzerland in September. Since then he came close to returning to action, only before another injury kept him on the sidelines.

“Everybody knew Suarez was going and Rodgers was obviously looking towards the following season and thinking he would have Daniel Sturridge for the majority of the season,” Heskey told Talksport.

“He was lethal himself, even when Suarez was suspended for the first ten games of the season. When you lose Suarez, as well as Sturridge, and the strike force that you have coming in haven’t really hit the ground running, it makes it very difficult [for Rodgers].”

Liverpool are struggling this season as they sit 12th in the league table with 14 points from 12 matches. The pressure is on the former Swansea manager to turn things quickly at Anfield, especially after finishing second last season.