"He had that spell at Liverpool when you couldn’t touch him": Micah Richards on ex-Red

Pundit Micah Richards has given his opinion on ex-Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.

The former Manchester City defender was asked to name the best XI footballers that he played with.

Sturridge represented Manchester City between 2003-09. With that being the case, Richards took to the pitch with the Englishman.

The 33-year-old said that he had not seen a talent like Sturridge before. Richards further added that he was impressed with the striker at certain times during his six years at Liverpool (2013-19).

“He had hip problems when he was younger, so it’s a long story. Every time he got into a flow his hip would go and that was from the academy at 16 or 17. He had that spell at Liverpool when you couldn’t touch him,” Richards told the BBC Match of the Day Top 10 Podcast (35:55).

“He came to City from Coventry, and honestly I’ve never seen talent like it, he should have been like [Sergio] Aguero, he was the best young player, but they played Ched Evans ahead of him, they were playing 4-5-1 at City and Ched was a big lad and he could control it a bit better, so he decided he wanted to play where he was appreciated.

“Even when he was at Chelsea, he had 10 goals and 10 assists up until January, people don’t realise, and then when he went to Liverpool his record, his goals to 100 games is up there with the best in Liverpool history.”

Daniel Sturridge

ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Sturridge was a very good player for Liverpool. The forward scored 68 goals and registered 26 assists in 160 appearances for the club's first-team.

However, there is no denying that Sturridge could have scored quite a few more goals for the Reds had he been able to stay fit.

The Englishman's body could not cope with the demands of the Premier League, which meant that he missed a lot of games during his time at Anfield.

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Lachlan Ballingall
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne. Currently an editor at Anfield Watch.
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