Thursday 26 April 2018

Ian Rush: Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge need time... Liverpool require goals from elsewhere


The injured Daniel Sturridge watches from the stands during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan
The injured Daniel Sturridge watches from the stands during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan

Ian Rush

I can understand Adam Lallana when he says that some of the Jurgen Klopp hype ha been 'over the top' but that seems to be the way he is and the fans are desperate for success.

Klopp has certainly shown an amazing enthusiasm for the post and I think he's trying to generate momentum using the right methods.

The supporters need a win to get fully behind the new boss at Anfield and his selection policy suggests in his first two games shows that its something he is keen to get on the board as well.

He has started the process of making the players believe in his philosophy and the commitment levels shown against Tottenham and Rubin Kazan suggest that his message is hitting home.

Making only one selection change from the stalemate at White Hart Lane suggests that stability will be high on his list of early priorities.

Another appears to be the imposition of a high-octane, pressing game.

The energy from the players in his opening 180 minutes is very promising and that has got to be the level Liverpool players play at throughout his tenure.

Sustaining that kind of effort over 180 minutes can be difficult but that's where football intelligence comes into play. Knowing when to press and when pressing may leave team mates exposed is the hallmark of a top professional and a feature of successful Klopp teams at Borussia Dortmund.

Sunday's game against Southampton and the cup game next week against Bournemouth present great opportunities for Liverpool to get south-after victories.

The stat which is proving to be our Achilles heel is our lack of goals.

It was great to see Christian Benteke getting 30 minutes in last night and Daniel Sturridge is not far off being ready but it may take a few games for the duo to get back up to speed.

I'm delighted to hear that Klopp sees no barrier to playing them together and hopefully another top Liverpool strike partnership will emerge.

Liverpool need to find goals from other areas of the pitch, in my day, Kenny Dalglish and I could score 20 goals a season but you could rely on 15 from Graeme Souness and 10 from Ronnie Whelan and elsewhere on the team.

In Luis Suarez' last season at Anfield, he and Sturridge pilfered 60 between them and we just missed out on the title but a greater spread is required and especially over the coming weeks with some tough fixtures on the horizon.

The big fixture at the weekend is undoubtedly the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

History suggests that teams with better squads deal with European hangovers better and City hold the advantage in that regard.

Home advantage will boost United's chances but City's overall quality might see them shade a high-scoring affair.

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