Daniel Sturridge has spoken of his return to prominence at Liverpool while Chris Sutton believes he is worth £60million after his recent goalscoring exploits for the Reds.
Despite playing just 97 minutes this season, Sturridge has scored four goals in comparison to Mohamed Salah’s three goals in 679 minutes. The English forward has made a return from injury and ever since pre-season, has looked as sharp as he ever has.
When Sturridge scored an overhead kick against Chelsea last week, it seemed as though it was just an opportunistic strike and given it counts for little as Liverpool lost the game, it won’t be remembered as well as his strike against the Blues a few days later.
A 30-yard curler in the 88th minute against a very good Chelsea team that earned a point for Liverpool will live long in the memory and is a moment that has prompted many to consider the forward once again as a huge threat for the Reds.
Speaking about Sturridge, Chris Sutton said: “Daniel Sturridge, he’s coming back to form – he’s a £50-60million striker now in the ranks. Strength in depth, they’re going to go close [to winning the title] aren’t they?
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“I think Klopp, the more he plays him, is having more faith in Sturridge but the front line picks itself. The truth is, I don’t think Klopp would’ve expected him to come back to the form he’s in now.
“I don’t think he’s a player Klopp could have trusted but it’s brilliant for Liverpool – their team, their squad and the fans. Their strength in depth now is up there with [Manchester] City’s.”
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Sturridge was asked if he has regrets over missing out on the incredible Champions League journey last season, to which he replied: “That’s the past now, that’s gone. It’s a new season – it’s a new Champions League and a new Premier League.
“If you dwell in the past, you live in the past; you live with regret and live with things that mean nothing. I’d have been happy for the boys if we’d won and I was gutted that the boys lost the game.
“But I would never look back and wish I was on the bench or involved. No, you make decisions and I enjoyed myself when I was in Birmingham. I don’t live with regrets about football.
“It’s just about having that positive vibe and focusing on what I need to do. I’m more focused than I’ve ever been. I’m hungry and I’m ready for any opportunities I get and ready to go.
“When I go out on the pitch it’s just about enjoyment. I’ve been like that for my whole career anyway. I’ve always enjoyed myself and had fun. At this stage now, that is my only concern: enjoying myself.
“That’s what football is all about if you strip it all back. Nothing else matters besides enjoyment. This is what I live for and what I love.”