We might have seen him at Real Madrid.
A fully fit and mobile Sturridge is certainly up there with Sergio Aguero among the most clinical forwards in the league, and his fitness is imperative to Liverpool regaining Champions League stature. “When you have someone like him back it just gives the other players a bit more confidence”. That is still arguably the case but fortunately for Brendan Rodgers, the 26-year-old is capable of producing moments of inspiration on his own.
He’s probably somewhere between Lukaku and Costa in all honesty but Jamie Carragher thinks that the injury-prone Liverpool forward is just behind Sergio Aguero in terms of quality strikers on show in the Premier League. Despite a low-key first-half, he burst into life after the break and fired two sublime goals within ten minutes to help Rodgers’ side to a crucial three points.
Klopp famously signed centre back Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski whilst in Germany, and Liverpool fans will be hoping that his transfer prowess would continue at Anfield. In fact, in his 57 league appearances he has been on the losing side just eight times.
He added that, with Sturridge in the side, the Reds have demonstrated that they can create an attacking brand of football which he played a “massive” part in.
Rush is correct in that every manager at a big club is under pressure but Rodgers is under even more scrutiny because he has failed to meet overall expectations.
Since that disastrous end to the season much of the luster has been lost on Rodgers. And replacing those players gets harder and harder.
The manager has also started tinkering with his formations, something that infuriated the fans last season.
One man, a certain Brendan Rodgers to be exact, has identified a reason why the Reds failed to achieve their ambitions last season- sensational telling The Telegraph it was all Daniel Sturridge’s fault.
“His summer signings have not convinced and Liverpool were jeered during the Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle”.
Liverpool climbed to ninth place in the table following their win over Villa.