With goals hard to come by against the defensive Spanish side Villarreal, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher wants Jurgen Klopp to start Daniel Sturridge.
The Reds host Villarreal in the second leg Europa League semi-final on Thursday night, after losing away 1-0.
“I really hope Sturridge starts on Thursday night,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“Not necessarily in place of Firmino because I think he could play just behind. But for me Sturridge has to be in the team.
“Villarreal are a fantastic defensive side. They score goals but their success this season has been built on their defensive record.
“There won’t be a lot of chances. And what chances there are need to be taken. When it comes to finishing, Sturridge is as good as anyone playing in the Europa League or the Champions League this season.
“His goal-scoring record speaks for itself. On a night when chances will be at a premium you need Daniel Sturridge out there.”
Carragher has been a long admirer of his former teammate Sturridge, and is wary that Klopp might select a defensive line-up with false-9 option Firmino starting up top.
“I would have really fancied us if we had held on for a 0-0 over there. But now they have a lead to try to hold on to,” Carragher added.
“At times Liverpool looked very comfortable in the first leg but they weren’t able to get that away goal which would have been massive.
“It’s in the balance. Villarreal are a very good side but we’ll see a different Liverpool at Anfield.”