Do Liverpool already own Luis Suarez's replacement?

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Daniel Sturridge has shown enough from his limited time at Liverpool to be able to replace Luis Suarez.

The future of Luis Suarez seems to be on a knife edge at the moment, with Arsenal circling like a shark, waiting for an indication of how much cash it’s going to take to tip this deal in their favour.

He could very well leave Liverpool, despite the official stance of Brendan Rodgers and the club which creates the obvious question of just how they are going to replace the Uruguayan.

Well here’s a mad theory, maybe they don’t have to.

Daniel Sturridge looks like he could be a very prolific striker at Anfield for the rest of his career based on how the first small chunk of his Liverpool career has started to pan out.

Sturridge bagged ten goals in 11 starts and three substitute appearances for the club last season, since making that high profile move up north from Chelsea where he says he was never given a chance to impress.

There are several reasons why Sturridge can replace the undoubted quality that Suarez provides and the first comes in the form of goals.

He’s showing that if he’s given the chance to regularly compete and start for Liverpool, he’s good enough in front of goal to be able to convert the majority of good chances that fall his way.

He also has the same sort of hustle and bustle as Suarez, maybe he’s not quite as good, in and around the penalty area which is very dangerous for an opposition defence because if they mistime a challenge or make one mistake, he’ll make them pay for it.

He’s also got a point to prove in the form of consistency because some will take even more convincing that he’s a good enough player to lead Liverpool’s attack.

He said when he first joined Liverpool that he wanted to use the club as a way to prove all of his doubters and critics wrong who said his time at Chelsea and Manchester City was a case of wasted potential and talent.

He should also be fresh and mentally hungry heading into the new season because he has not taken part in Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia, owing to a slightly injury problem.

He’ll be fit for the start of the season and gradually his match sharpness will improve but all of the tools are in place for him to be a very prolific forward in the 2013/2014 Premier League.

It’s always going to be a little bit difficult to judge because he doesn’t have a long career record at Liverpool or in football generally but if the rest of his time at Anfield is anything like the first seven months, don’t be at all surprised if he’s right near the top of the golden boot chart.

Can Sturridge step up and replace Suarez? Do Liverpool need to go out and buy someone if they sell the Uruguayan?

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