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Why Daniel Sturridge should have won PFA Young Player of the Year

The Liverpool striker's sensational strike-rate was more impressive than Eden Hazard's performances.

Daniel Sturridge can count himself unlucky not to win the PFA Young Player of the Year award. After all, he has scored 20 goals in the Premier League thus far this season.

Yes Eden Hazard has netted 14 times from midfield, but Sturridge's goals have propelled Liverpool to a position they would never have imagined back in August.

Of the Liverpool team Luis Suarez may have taken most of the plaudits, but without Sturridge there to complement the Uruguayan it is not so certain whether the Reds could have pulled off such an unlikely title challenge.

The former Chelsea and Manchester  City man should be commended for the way in which he has turned his career around after it stagnated at Stamford Bridge, and what better way for that to be recognised than with a PFA award?

It could be argued that Sturridge has not even completed two full seasons at Liverpool, while Hazard is further on in his time at Chelsea so is more settled.

Moreover Hazard's form dipped alarmingly in the middle of the season whereas Sturridge, when fit and available, has been a consistently important influence on Liverpool.

Perhaps it was too much to see two Reds' players win the major PFA awards that prevented Suarez being joined by his strike-partner among Sunday evening's victors.

Whatever the reason, Sturridge will likely use the snub as motivation to go on to achieve greater things on a personal level with Liverpool in the campaigns to come.

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