13 games, 10 goals, three assists - Suarez who?

Liverpool FC fans should be truly excited over the recent form of Daniel Sturridge.

In the end the result between Fulham and Liverpool did not matter as realistically Fulham are safe from relegation while Liverpool are out of touch in regards to their Merseyside neighbours; but at the moment it is still fascinating to see how Liverpool are getting on without Luis Suarez.

Their mercurial front-man has been nothing short of superb on the football field this season and was rightly in contention for PFA Player of the Year recently.

However; the ugly side of his genius once again reared its head when he decided his best course of action to deal with the amorous marking of Branislav Ivanovic was to try and take a massive bite out of his arm. The Uruguayan was duly awarded a 10-game suspension.

Since then Liverpool have not really shown any ill-effect. A draw in the Merseyside derby has now been sandwiched by impressive away victories at Newcastle United and Fulham.

One man in particular who has flourished since the absence of his striking partner has been January recruit Daniel Sturridge.

The former Chelsea player has often stated his belief that the central role alone is his best forward position and against Fulham it looked it; as his three superb finishes were what condemned Craven Cottage into a hushed mute.

Which gives me the opportunity to bring you some incredible stats courtesy of FourFourTwo concerning the young England international.

The fact is that in 2013 only one striker has performed better than Sturridge; Christian Benteke of Aston Villa is the only man to have bettered his goal-per-game ratio.

But the most incredible stat relating to Sturridge during his time at Liverpool has to be the following.

13 games; 10 goals and three assists.

That means from all 13 league games he has played on average you can expect him to play a direct role in at least one goal in each fixture; quite incredible when you really let it sink in.

What Sturridge is finally showing is that he really can play through the middle at the highest level and with Luis Suarez’s future still being cast into doubt you have to believe in his ability for next season; as he may very well be the clubs front-line striker.

Now if only he could sort that dodgy celebration out he could be on to a real winner.

What have you made of Sturridge’s performances since January?

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