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Sturridge could be a weapon going forward for Klopp

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28-year-old striker, Daniel Sturridge scored his 100th career club  goal last weekend but no one seems to remember. The England international is slowly finding his feet under Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp after losing favour with the German manager. Sturridge is one of the league’s best strikers but his injury record has affected his development in the last two years. The former Chelsea man on his day can torment any defence with his cultured left foot, but form, lack of adaptability to his manager’s demands and injuries have stalled his progress.

Some three years ago, Sturridge was the striker on everybody’s lips as he formed a remarkable partnership with Luis Suarez at Liverpool, who has since gone on to bigger things at Barcelona. In the years after that, Sturridge has seen the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have risen in stature to be England’s best strikers while the likes of Marcus Rashford and Daniel Welbeck are still in the mix, meaning that Sturridge has fallen down the pecking order in the national team.

Sturridge started the last game for Liverpool, scoring the first goal in a 3-0 victory over newly promoted side, Huddersfield. He had been second fiddle to Brazilian, Roberto Firmino who is not a recognised centre forward but fits the bill for his manager’s high pressing philosophy with his relentless work rate and defending from the front. Sturridge naturally is a laid back centre forward who is only willing to put the ball in the back of the net, but his manager demands more from his players.

Few can forget the sight of Sturridge scoring goals for fun in the 13/14 season alongside Suarez, but he was more than a deputy to the Uruguayan. A player known for his potential early in his career, he finally lived up to that billing that season, scoring 21 league goals as Liverpool almost won the league title. Under Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool looked set to win the league but collapsed at home to Chelsea and away at Crystal Palace, that saw them lose to Manchester City.

At 28, there is still time for Sturridge to return to his best form, if he stays injury free. A World Cup spot is enough incentive for him to work extra hard to make it happen. We want to see more of his famous goal celebration but he must take each game and opportunity as they come. He is extremely talented and must back it up with goals. Liverpool and The Three Lions will thank him.

 

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