John Aldridge insists that boasting a player such as Daniel Sturridge in reserve is a “dream” for Liverpool.
Widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s finest finishers, Sturridge has failed to cement a place in Jurgen Klopp’s team this season.
Indeed, the 27-year-old has been named in the starting XI on just four occasions in the league this term, and is yet to complete 90 minutes.
With Sturridge having seemingly overcome his awful injury problems which plagued his career in recent campaigns, the striker is now unfortunately not the best fit for Klopp’s high-energy set-up.
Roberto Firmino has instead been preferred as the nominal No.9 in a fluid front-line, which has also seen the likes of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana thrive.
Aldridge has hailed the “balance” of the current side, who propelled themselves to the top of the league table with a 6-1 win over Watford on Sunday.
The former striker wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “Having someone of Sturridge’s quality to bring off the bench is what dreams are made of. Divock Origi didn’t even get on the pitch.
“The balance of the team is spot on and we’ve got people on the bench chomping at the bit to get on. That’s exactly what you want as a football manager.
“The downside on Sunday was missing out on a clean sheet. I know we were 5-0 up but I was still gutted when Watford scored.