Is This Attacker Liverpool’s Best Chance Of Success?

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Dave Davis explains why Liverpool are most likely to succeed if Daniel Sturridge is fit and firing. 

Nothing breeds excitement and enthusiasm more than pre season. New signings are scrutinised, hailed as the next great and dismissed just as quickly. For all the talk of how a new keeper, centre half and right winger will improve us, if Liverpool are going to be successful they may need to keep one man fit.

Daniel Sturridge is the only player at the club with either a 1 in 2 record or a 20 goals plus season in the Premier League under his belt. Origi, Ings and Firmino all have a goal in them and they bring qualities that Sturridge maybe doesn’t, but none of them have the pedigree that the former Chelsea man carries. Support comes from the experts too with Jamie Carragher labelling him last season as “the second best striker in the league” behind only Sergio Aguero. High praise indeed.

The 26 year old’s stats stand up to any scrutiny and compare to any of the Anfield goalscoring legends. In an injury hit campaign last season, a return of 13 goals in 25 games is impressive. When you break it down further, the England man was bagging a goal every 130 mins. In his time at Anfield, 54 goals in 92 appearances is an incredible return for a man who cost only £12 million pounds.

Critics of Sturridge, and there are many out there have plenty to level against the player. Most of his time is spent on the treatment table and questions persist about the players mental strength and willingness to put his body on the line for the club. When he does play, a languid style puts him at odds with the high energy, hard pressing game we’ve become used to seeing under Klopp. The suspicion is that Klopp himself prefers Origi due to his physicality and ability to run the channels.

The simple fact is that Liverpool have only two world class players on their day right now – Sturridge and Coutinho. Klopp may feel he can have a lot of fun with Origi, but scoring regularly is a different matter altogether. Mane, Firmino and the rest of the supporting act can all chip in no doubt, but when a place in the top 4 is on the line, it’s Sturridge who is most likely to be the deciding factor.

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  1. Fully agree Dave, his goal return is impressive and if we can manage his injury concerns it will be like having a new £30m+ signing. A shorter campaign with no European football should also help. Nice headache for Klopp to have picking his attacking trio.

    • Less games so more recovery time in between Mark. Got options I agree, but Sturridge has to be the front man in my opinion. Could play Origi with him from time to time

  2. The question marks still follow Sturridge, is he/isn’t he, he has been in and out of a number of top premiereship teams, something just doesn’t fit with this guy, all that aside if you can keep him fit then he would walk into any team, it’s keeping him fit. His best season came when he and Suarez were scoring for fun and Liverpool had their best finish in years, does he need to be in a successful team to get the best out of him?

    • Had a fair few clubs but done well at them all Joiner to be fair. Amazing loan season at Bolton and flourished under Villa-Boas at Chelsea. Everyone would do well with Suarez but he’s the main man now!

  3. Yes he does score some great goals but his body language does not seem to enthuse the other players like Suarez did. However, remember Arsenal selling van Persie because he was always injured & then he won Utd the league by playing 44 games – we need a season like that from him

    • Suarez was unique and it’s unfair to judge Sturridge by that standard. Remember his celebration vs Dortmund…
      If we keep him fit for 40 games, he scores 20 goals..simple as that for me.

  4. He’s been in and out of a number of Premiership teams? When was this??

    He chose to leave City as a kid when the money was just flooding in and he saw that he would not be given a fair crack of the whip. He was a fringe player at Chelsea, but scored goals during his only brief period as a regular starter. He was only on loan at Bolton (if they were included in your list of top Premier League teams).

    Liverpool’s attack, and team, has been far more successful with Sturridge in it, than without him – including the year before he joined, when Suarez was already at the club..

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