The England international has barely played over the past 15 months after succumbing to a long-term injury and a prolonged fitness battle upon his return.
Question marks have been raised over the striker’s desire to play through the pain, with boss Jurgen Klopp telling reporters that his star striker must learn to push his limits and cope with the intensity.
And Sturridge seemingly responded to his manager’s calls, scoring twice in a scintillating performance at Southampton in midweek and prompting widespread praise.
Matthew Etherington told Breathe Sport via Twitter how impressed he was by the Reds striker:
Is there a better striker for England than Daniel Sturridge, when fit and in this form? I don't thin... https://t.co/1Vhry0dCni— Matthew Etherington (@mattyethers) December 2, 2015
While there is a debate to be had regarding the talents of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as Premier League marksmen, Sturridge is undoubtedly among the best.
The former Chelsea striker has a unique way of playing and his ball control, awareness and finishing makes him arguably England’s most gifted striker.
Klopp will be hoping to call upon his services on a regular basis, though only the player’s desire and attitude will ultimately decide how far he can go within the game.
Sturridge must embrace the responsibility of being Liverpool’s leading striker, a tag which former teammate Luis Suarez took up and thrived on as he topped the league’s scoring charts.