The striker has long been the subject of criticism for his attitude but that seems to have died down a bit since he has been on the goal trail for Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge has been labelled with several tags during his career. He has been called selfish, cocky and arrogant amongst others during his time at Manchester City and Chelsea – but less so at Liverpool.
Maybe that’s because of his incredible form since arriving at Liverpool – having found the net 20 times during his 26 appearances for the Reds – whilst there is a feeling that some are waiting to throw these tags at him if he hits even the hint of a barren spell.
There is the odd occasion when you feel Sturridge picks the wrong option, such as collecting the ball from a deeper position than he is usually accustomed to and perhaps missing the opportunity to thread a teammate through the channels – which is something that manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted he is working on with the striker.
But there are occasions when he shows the passing range of a quality midfielder and sprays the ball wide, correct me if I’m wrong – but if he were selfish would he not be trying to shoot from 35 yards when the shot isn’t really on?
If he were selfish he wouldn’t have played the ball into Luis Suarez at Sunderland and gone for goal himself – nor would he be racing to restart the game at Newcastle last weekend after equalising.
In the latter scenario, if he was selfish and arrogant, he would’ve lapped up the acclaim and done his funny little dance in front of Liverpool’s travelling fans. You would see a man so sure of himself in post-match interviews, but instead he seems very level headed, and that he continues to work on his game.
There’s nothing wrong with the odd bit of arrogance and self-belief in your ability, let’s face it if he had none of that then a lot of his talent and potential may well have remained unfulfilled. There is of course the odd moment of greed, but you’d be hard pressed to see a really prolific goalscorer who didn’t have that greed about them. Scoring goals, after all, is what they thrive off.
Selfish? Arrogant? Not for me.
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