Daniel Sturridge’s “hunger” has been hailed by Andy Robertson as an example to the rest of the Liverpool dressing room.
Sturridge has turned around his Liverpool career, which appeared over at the start of the summer, and is pushing every day for a starting place.
The former England striker seized his opportunity in his first start for Liverpool since November to open the scoring in the Reds’ dramatic Champions League win over Paris St Germain.
Robertson praised Sturridge’s attitude and says his success shows Jurgen Klopp will reward hard work in training with minutes on the pitch.
“Behind the scenes and at training we’re all hungry to go for starting places,” said the new Scotland captain.
“Some people won’t play as much as they want, especially when it has been Saturday to Saturday and the gaffer has kind of stuck with his team.
“But we have got a lot of games coming up so everyone will be required.
“Studge sums it up. He comes on, plays 70 minutes and does unbelievably against a top side and two very good centre-backs.
“Credit to him and I’m sure all the boys sitting on the bench can look at him and they’ll make similar impacts when called upon.”
Sturridge’s header was his second goal in five appearances for Liverpool and he only managed three during the whole of last season before his unsuccessful loan spell at West Brom.
His Anfield career looked over when he went to The Hawthorns and Klopp was prepared to listen to offers for the striker before he returned transformed at the start of pre-season.
Crucially, Sturridge has remained fit and could earn himself a new Reds contract with his current £120,000-a-week deal set to expire in June.
Sturridge has jumped back up the strikers’ pecking order at Anfield to become Roberto Firmino’s understudy and Robertson claims he did brilliantly when he stepped in for the Brazil star against PSG.
“Bobby got an unfortunate injury on Saturday and there’s Studge ready to go,” the left-back told liverpoolfc.com.
“I thought he was different class for 70 minutes, he was brilliant.
“And then Bobby comes off the bench and scores. It shows you the quality we’ve got in the squad.”
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