Hands up – who thought a couple of years ago that Liverpool fans would fall in love with a wriggly arm dance? No, me neither.
There probably hasn’t been a left-footed striker who has played this well or had the same impact at Anfield since the days of Robbie Fowler - though, admittedly affections towards Fowler will have been stronger because of his local connection.
Fowler himself has spoken highly of Liverpool’s number 15, telling the Liverpool Echo: “I have been impressed by Daniel. There was a lot of pressure on him when he came to Liverpool.
“Things hadn’t quite worked out for him at Man City and Chelsea and people were asking ‘can he do it at a big club?’ He was answered that brilliantly.
“People were also talking about his attitude. There is a fine line between confidence and cockiness. I wouldn’t say Daniel is overly cocky, I think he’s just very self-confident.”
There have been times when fans have said that the striker is in need of a chant – he certainly has that.
Sturridge came to Anfield with a bit of a reputation of being selfish in his play, though he isn’t the selfish footballer that has been portrayed in years gone by.
His attempt to set up Luis Suarez for an opening goal against Southampton at the start of this month will show you that when he was clean through on goal. There is of course the instinct of a striker to shoot instead of passing sometimes, but that’s what goalscorers do and the accusation cannot be levelled at Sturridge alone.
Sturridge has demonstrated some terrific attributes including a great eye for goal and predatory instinct. Both of which the man who was known as ‘God’ on the red half of Merseyside would be proud of.
There was a piece in the Daily Mail today suggesting that Sturridge would be among the players who weren’t really loved at Anfield – not surprisingly it was written by someone who demonstrated no knowledge of the support Liverpool gives its players in the article in question.
Sturridge’s outstanding return on the goal front – 18 in the Premier League this season alone – is getting him brownie points among the Liverpool fans, and he gets the same chant as Fowler and club legend Kenny Dalglish – as well as another one which used to be sung for Patrick Berger.
Sturridge seems to love playing for Liverpool at the moment, and the fans seem to love him. So to say he has been unloved isn’t just wide of the mark but a load of rubbish. In terms of his ability he could rank alongside Fowler if he continues to do what he does best.