Writer: Site Staff
Date:Wednesday December 4 2013
Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool paid Chelsea in the region of £12 million for Daniel Sturridge in January but he could hardly have hoped for a better start...
In addition to eight goals in the opening eleven Premiership games and Liverpool riding high in the Premiership, Sturridge has also been starting up front for England as Roy Hodgson weighs up his options for next summer's World Cup.
Brendan Rodgers was forced to start without Sturridge in the Merseyside derby after the striker struggled with a dead leg at Wembley in midweek. Deployed as a late substitute, his glancing header was enough to rescue a point for the Reds in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Having missed out on England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with a thigh injury, Sturridge is keen to take every opportunity to impress Hodgson and earn his place for the trip to Brazil.
There was no lasting damage from the knock picked up in the friendly against Germany, although he has subsequently suffered a separate injury, but Liverpool certainly are not happy that he was asked to play on when obviously carrying an injury.
Sturridge admits that he has struggled with his fitness in recent matches but it is a sign of his exuberance that he would rather play through the pain at this stage of his career.
Having failed to break through at either Manchester City or Chelsea, the 24-year-old jumped at the chance to finally make a striking position his own in a top Premiership side.
The striker had two bites of the cherry at Stamford Bridge, returning from a successful loan spell at Bolton intent on forcing his way into the first team. Although he enjoyed his best season at the club in 2011-12 with 43 appearances, he found himself falling behind Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the pecking order last year and felt it was time to move on.
That decision has been vindicated with 19 goals in his first 26 appearances for the Merseyside club and he has already formed a deadly strike partnership with Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan has stepped straight back into regular scoring mode after his suspension and has already moved ahead of Sturridge as the club's leading scorer this term.
Suarez was the subject of a bid in excess of £40 million from Arsenal in the summer, but Liverpool refused to sell their controversial star player. With both Sturridge and Suarez banging in the goals, Liverpool will pose a threat to any Premiership defence and their flying start has not gone unnoticed.
Their odds with https://sports.bwin.com/en/sports/4/betting/football have tumbled to single figures for the Premiership title. Liverpool are playing down any talk of the title, but a return to the Champions League looks well within their capabilities.
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Date:Wednesday December 4 2013
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