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​Carra: Sturridge not the same player since Suarez left Liverpool

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that striker Daniel Sturridge has declined since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

The England striker, who scored 24 goals in all competitions in 2013-14, has struggled to retain his place in Jurgen Klopp's starting eleven. The 28-year-old was handed a start for the game at Newcastle, but he failed to impact the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Carragher said on Sky Sports: "Because he doesn't play much now, whenever we talk about Sturridge we keep going back to that season when Liverpool nearly won the league - he was devastating with Luis Suarez.

"I don't think that player is there now, whether that's due to injuries or not playing enough. The reason he played today is because Roberto Firmino is not playing well. If Firmino is playing his normal level, then Sturridge doesn't play. Klopp doesn't fancy Sturridge, that's why he doesn't play."


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