Liverpool legend Ian Rush has issued a warning to Reds' current "best finisher" Daniel Sturridge and urged the striker to stop sulking after losing his place in the starting lineup. Instead he has asked him to create a problem for his manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 27-year-old has started only four games, while making five appearances from the bench in the Premier League this season. Klopp has used Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho to lead his side's attack in the league.

The trio have been in fine form and they have collectively scored 16 goals in the league, while Sturridge is yet to open his account. Rush has urged the England international to be patient after suggesting that Liverpool will be needing his services in the title race.

"Sulking doesn't help anyone. He will get a chance and he's got to take them when they come. He has to create a problem for the manager and if you're in a sulk you're just making it easy for the manager," Rush told 888Sport.

"We're going to need Daniel Sturridge. He's got to be patient and his time will come. He's the best finisher at the club and he's absolutely superb but he needs to get his head down and get on with it."

"In my opinion he should stay because he's got a big part to play at Liverpool. It would be harder for Liverpool to win the league if Daniel Sturridge left the club. Origi is another one too. They have to be patient because they will be needed throughout the season."

Lack of playing time at Anfield has seen Sturridge linked with a move away from his current employers in January. According to the Mirror, West Ham United and Stoke City are considering an option in signing the former Manchester City and Chelsea man.

Read the full 888sport interview with Ian Rush, including why he thinks Philippe Coutinho is the best player in the Premier league this season

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Ian Rush wants Daniel Sturridge to create problem for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Getty