Daniel Sturridge was ‘on another level’ at Liverpool, according to an ex-Red. The forward outshone even Philippe Coutinho.
Conor Masterson didn’t quite make it at Liverpool. The Irishman spent five years at the club but left in 2019 to join Queen’s Park Rangers.
Masterson did make it to first-team training level with the Reds, however. And in an interview with Goal, he picked out Daniel Sturridge as the standout Liverpool player.
“Daniel Sturridge, man!” said Masterson. “He was just a joke. He ripped everyone apart.
“[Philippe] Coutinho was good, but Sturridge was on another level. He was so sharp, he had pace, he could finish, he had skill, he could do everything. He stood out a mile to me.”
Sturridge, like Masterson, left the club in 2019. He had a brief spell with Trabzonspor after that but remains without a team right now.
What RTK has to say
We’re not surprised. Sturridge, in all honesty, could have been one of the greatest forwards in Liverpool’s history if not for injuries.
It’s something we often forget. The types of goals he scored – despite sharing the duties with Luis Suarez – were unbelievable.
Sturridge could score from 30 yards. He could dribble past players. He could chip the goalkeeper from the edge of the box. And he’d even get there for tap-ins.
Very few players on the planet can do those things. Injuries, though, just robbed Sturridge of his place in Liverpool’s history.
And the really telling thing here isn’t that Masterson was so taken aback by Sturridge’s talent, it’s that he never saw the best of it.
Masterson joined in 2014 – after Sturridge’s injury problems set in. 13/14 saw the forward score 21 Premier League goals – the next five years saw a combined 19 goals.
If not for injuries, who knows how good he’d have gone on to be.