Whether Luis Suarez stays or goes this summer, one man that can have a real positive influence in Liverpool’s attempts to get back into the top four is Daniel Sturridge.
The England international will be looking forward to a consistent run in the Reds’ line-up, and with Suarez out of contention for the first six games of the campaign, much of the goalscoring burden will be resting firmly on Sturridge’s shoulders.
Sturridge got off the mark against Stoke on Saturday, scoring the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory for Brendan Rodgers’ men. With the World Cup on the horizon, the 23-year-old has the potential to a very important man for club and country over the next year.
Sturridge has proven that when given a chance and allowed regular first-team football he can find the back of the net on a consistent basis. He was not given a regular chance at Manchester City or Chelsea, but in a loan spell at Bolton and in his early days at Liverpool last season he has scored consistently.
Ten goals from his first 14 Premier League games at Liverpool last season shows that Sturridge should be one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ teamsheet, and that he can be just as potent a goal threat as Suarez.
With Philippe Coutinho looking like a real asset in Liverpool’s attack and Iago Aspas signed over the summer also, Sturridge can expect competition for places at the club. However, the English forward’s ability to get the goals that will win matches for the side should see him play more often than not.
Assuming that Suarez will stay at the club, the pair can be as good as any strike partnership in the country and will make Liverpool a tough opponent for the rest of the division. If the Reds can keep things tight at the back, Suarez and Sturridge will get them the goals to win matches.
At international level Sturridge could well start for England in upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and along with Manchester United duo Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck will pose a threat in the Three Lions’ forward line.
Consistent time on the pitch is something that Sturridge has not had at former clubs, but if he is granted it this season at Liverpool he can prove that he is one of the country’s top strikers.
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