Before an injury at the beginning of the season, the England forward looked to be continuing his fine form in a Liverpool shirt, starring alongside Mario Balotelli in a 3-0 win over Tottenham in particular.
However, an injury picked up on international duty has seen him miss most of the season, with the Reds having to adapt without their star man as the other forwards at the club failed to fill the void. There was even speculation that Brendan Rodgers would bring in another forward to help his struggling side during the winter window.
One such striker was Burnley’s Danny Ings, whose first season in the Premier League has been a resounding success. The forward has been in fine form throughout the campaign for Sean Dyche’s men, with an England call-up a possibility in the near future.
Liverpool have been linked with a deal to sign the striker on a free transfer in the summer, according to the Mirror, so we decided to compare him and Sturridge’s form over the last five games to see who comes out on top.
In the goal department, Ings takes pole position with two goals to Sturridge’s one, while he also has more accurate forward zone passes than the Liverpool striker, 64 to 43, and has also won twice as many dribbling contests as Sturridge.
The only area Sturridge has come out on top is in the on target scoring attempt category, with Ings registering four to Sturridge’s five. Elsewhere, the duo are level in the big chances scored, big chances missed and goal assists categories with one apiece.
Over the last five games then, it seems the potential Liverpool forward has done a better job than the current incumbent. Burnley will be hoping he can continue that kind of form when the two teams meet on Wednesday evening.