Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says that he has not been good enough throughout his career so far to meet the targets that he set for himself.
Sturridge scored 21 goals for Liverpool as the Reds reclaimed their status as a Championship League club last season, but he feels that he hasn’t done enough to reach the goal which he made for himself as a youngster.
“I want to be able to look back and say I truly made it,” he revealed in an interview with Complex Magazine. “And for me, I don’t feel I have, to the level of which I want to hit.
“Where I’m at right now might be good enough for some people. It’s not for me. So how I look at it is, I want to be able to look back and say I hit the levels—at the end of this season, I want to be a lot closer to where I was before the start of the season.”
He should certainly have a chance to prove to himself that he is the main-man at Liverpool this year, too.
Following Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona, Sturridge will be the most pivotal member of their attacking line-up and will be expected to achieve an even better total than he did in the Premier League last year.
To do that without Suarez, who he had a superb partnership with, will be a tough task, but he will need to if Brendan Rodgers’ side are to hold off a clutch of clubs hoping to take their top-four spot off them.
The likes of Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur – who missed out on Champions League last year – all appear to be stronger this campaign and it will be intriguing to see if Sturridge can step-up and fill the void left by Suarez.
The signs so far have been promising, with his form decent during pre-season, but Liverpool’s lack of a top-class secondary striker remains a worry.
As it stands, it looks as if Sturridge will be partnered up-front by new signing Rickie Lambert, but the former Southampton striker has looked worryingly off the pace during his initial appearances in the shirt of the club he has grown up supporting.
As a result, the pressure is on Sturridge to deliver and if he does then it will surely be his greatest achievement in his career to date – meaning he will finally be able to say that he has reached the high-standards he has set.