Following Liverpool’s excellent 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Reds now sit in second place, four points behind leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.
They owe much of their success to the amount of goals the side has scored, especially the front two. In 29 Premier League games, Liverpool have scored a whopping 76 goals – with Suarez netting 25, and Daniel Sturridge grabbing a further 18.
The England international striker is currently enjoying the best season of his career, and he seems to have flourished under current boss Brendan Rodgers.
It has been a rapid rise for the 24-year-old, and an unlikely source of former Chelsea teammates Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun can claim partial credit for the way Sturridge’s career has turned out.
He was an exciting prospect when he signed for Chelsea in 2009, yet whilst gradually developing in West London, he found first-team opportunities limited.
Despite an impressive loan spell at Bolton Wanderers – where he notched eight goals in 12 games – he returned to Chelsea only to figure predominantly as a late substitute.
After much speculation leading up to the 2013 January transfer window, Sturridge has now admitted in an interview reported by the Daily Mail that he spoke with former Liverpool icon Fernando Torres, and he along with Yossi Benayoun helped convince him by labelling the club as the best they had ever played for.
He said: “He [Torres] always spoke very highly about Liverpool.”
“When we were at Chelsea together he would say, “Liverpool are amazing”, and it wasn’t just him — it was Yossi Benayoun as well.”
“They both said, “That club is the best I have played for”.
“They said the fans will make you feel amazing and, at the time, I thought I need a bit of that in my life because I was low right then.”