Sturridge backs Liverpool players to step up

Sturridge thinks another star could emerge in Suarez's absence.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said that it is time for other members of the squad to step up after the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. 

Suarez won both the Players' and Football Writers' Player of the Year last season as his 31 Premier League goals played a large part in Liverpool coming so close to landing their first league title in 24 years, only for them to miss out by two points to Manchester City. 

Sturridge himself scored 21 goals last season as he and Suarez struck up a formidable partnership with the Uruguayan, but has proved he can shine without the Uruguayan alongside him during his Liverpool career so far, and there's likely to be a lot of pressure on him to deliver again this time around. 

The Liverpool Echo picked up on an interview he gave to Jamaica Nationwide Radio, where he said: “People have to step up. When stars leave, a new star can be born, as they say.

“There are a lot of players that can take that mantle, but it is a team game, regardless of whether there are star players within that team. It’s not about one person, it’s about the team.”

The Reds have wasted no time in bringing in new players ahead of the new campaign, having secured the services of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, along with Emre Can and Lazar Markovic from Bayer Leverkusen and Benfica respectively. 

Some will argue that if Liverpool can improve defensively from last season, where they conceded 50 goals in the Premier League, that could also go a long way to filling the void left by Suarez given that there will be less emphasis on the side just to outscore the opposition.

But the Liverpool side does contain a lot of young talent who can be effective in the final third in Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Jordon Ibe as well as new signing Markovic - whilst Fabio Borini still has his best years ahead of him and will have a point to prove after being loaned out to Sunderland last season.

The Reds are also looking for a new striker to bring to the club and have been linked with Swansea City's Wilfried Bony and Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers.

Liverpool may have a different look about them this season, but it looks as though they will still have a team that is a threat in the final third. 

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