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TheformerRedsstrikerhascalledontheunder-firefrontmantoshowmentaltoughnessandkeepputtinghimselfinapositiontoscoregoals。

LiverpoolstrikerDanielSturridgehasbeencalledupontoremainpositiveanddisplay“mentaltoughness”,withclublegendIanRushconfidentthegoalswillcome。

TheEnglandinternationaldrewanotherblankonWednesdayastheRedscrashedoutoftheEFLCupatthesemi-finalstage。

SturridgewassingledoutforcriticismbysomesectionsoftheAnfieldsupport,whileformerdefenderJamieCarraghertalk?

ofhismidweekperformance:“Whenheplaysandhedoesnotscoreyouarebasicallydownto10menbecausehedoesnotofferanythingelse。



The27-year-oldhasnowfailedtofindthetargetinhislastfiveappearancesandhasonlysixfortheseasonacrossallcompetitions。

Rush,though,believestherearestillaspectsofhisgametobepositiveabout,withSturridgecontinuingtoputhimselfinapositiontoscoregoals,whichsuggeststhathisconfidencehasnotbeenrockedtothepointofgivingup。

Hesaid:“Ifyouloseconfidenceandyoustopgettinginthempositions,thenthere’saproblem。

“That’swhythere’smentaltoughnessthat’sneedednowtostillgetinthoseareas。

Itdoesn’tmatterifyoumiss10,you’redoingsomethingrightbecauseyou’reinthatpositions。

“TheworstthingsI’veseenwithstrikersisthey’lldoittwice(miss)andtheywon’tgetinthatpositionagain,theyshyawayfromthat。

“Keepgettinginthosepositionsandyourluckwillchange–onanotherdayDanielwouldhavescored。

Youcan’tcriticisehimformissingbecausehe’sdonesomethingrighttogetintherightpositionandifhekeepsdoingthatthetimewillcomewhenhegetsthreechances,scoresthreegoalsandeveryonewillforgetaboutthis。

“It’saboutbeingpositiveandhavingthatmentaltoughness。



WhileSturridge’slong-termfutureatAnfieldremainsuncertain,LiverpoolhavebeenabletotiekeyplaymakerPhilippeCoutinhotoanewcontract–withRushdelightedtoseeamanwhodidnotlookcutoutforthePremierLeagueuponhisarrivalcommittingtotheReds。

Headded:“He’syoungandhe’sstillimproving。

He’sadaptedreallywelltoEnglishfootball。

“Withtheskillhe’sgotyouwonderwhetherhe’sbettersuitedtoawarmerweatherclimate,SpainorItaly,buthe’sadaptedtothefasterpaceoftheEnglishgameandIthinkhe’llgetbetter。