Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge sets himself difficult goals target; touches on fitness

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Sturridge has struggled with injuries but has a terrific goalscoring record, something he wants to maintain and ultimately better.

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge seems to be setting himself some high standards as he wants to maintain a strike rate with the Reds that is better one goal in every two games. 

Sturridge has struck 48 times from 84 appearances since his arrival just over three years ago, but he has not had the game time he would have liked during that time due to a succession of injuries.

However, the forward seems to have got himself into a decent run of games since returning from injury at the start of February, and has found the net eight times from 17 appearances across the season so far.

He told the official Liverpool website: "That’s the standards that I set, probably a bit better than that, hopefully I’ll be able to continue.

"I know I can perform a lot better than I am now but it’s just that fitness and the repetition of playing 90 minutes is important as well.

"It’s never easy to score in every game so I can’t really set myself that standard but I think being better than one in two is really where you want to really be at.

"One in two was [in the past], and it’s still a good strike rate, but I’m hard on myself so I don’t want to settle for that."

Sturridge seemed to look that bit sharper during the weekend's 4-1 win over Stoke City, where he managed to get on the score sheet, and he seemed to flourish in a partnership with Divock Origi - who has made tremendous progress since his arrival at the club in the summer, and could start ahead of Sturridge in the second leg of their Europa League quarter final tie with Borussia Dortmund at Anfield. 

It is hard to think that Sturridge will not play at least some role tomorrow night, but he can give his target and reputation a huge boost if he scores a crucial goal in tomorrow's game, which Liverpool fans will hope is a memorable European night. 

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