Daniel Sturridge insists Liverpool can fill Suarez boots if teammates 'step up'

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is adamant the team can fill the void left by Luis Suarez but urged his teammates to ‘step up’.

The England striker scored 24 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool last term, a tally that was beaten only by his former teammate Luis Suarez who has since been sold to Barcelona for £75 million.

Sturridge is however unfazed at the prospect of filling the Uruguayan international’s boots next terms and urged his teammates to step up in place of the departed talisman.

"People have to step up," Sturridge told Jamaica's Nationwide Radio. "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."

Suarez scored more goals than any other player in the Premier League last term, 31 in total but Sturridge was close behind with 21 in the league and his performance at the World Cup with England will ensure he has retained his match fitness ahead of the new campaign at Anfield.

Liverpool scored an astounding 110 goals in all competitions next term and this season they will have to compete in the Champions League against the continent’s elite as well.

Captain Steven Gerrard scored 14 goals, England youngster Raheem Sterling scored an impressive 10 goals and defender Martin Skrtel scored 7 goals whilst the rest of the squad scored 17 goals between them. The club had a total of 13 different goal scorers but without Suarez, as Sturridge states, some of those players will have to step up.

Whilst they have lost 31 goals in Luis Suarez, Liverpool are actually gaining players capable of scoring a combined 35 goals or potentially more if they settle in well at their new club. Lallana and Markovic especially as well as Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho can certainly give Premier League defences plenty to worry about in the new campaign.


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