LIVERPOOL MISS STURRIDGE

Liverpool’s shocking 3-1 defeat against Hull City saw them dropping points and not being able to clinch a higher position in the Premier League standings as they are slowly getting further away from the table toppers Arsenal.

The defeat not only made them lower their position in the league but also seeing their top goal-scorer Daniel Sturridge picking up and injury that will leave him out of the playing grounds for an estimated time of 8 weeks.

MAKING AN IMPACT

Daniel Sturridge failed to make an impact with his former teams: Manchester City, Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers but the tides are turning in his favor when he took a switch over to Liverpool.

Scoring 18 goals in the 23 appearances he has made with the Liverpool jersey. Not only that but also receiving praise from his attacking partner Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan forward spoke to the media recently and said “Maybe in a few years I will be able to say my best partnership was with Daniel Sturridge, especially if we can continue to progress.

SAS PARTNERSHIP

Regarded as one of the greatest players to have represented Liverpool, Ian Rush has said that he is delighted at the start made by Liverpool especially due to the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Suarez recently made his return to the first team after a ban of 10 matches from last season.

He has immediately former great partnership with Sturridge, who has been in sensational goalscoring form since the start of the season. Sturridge is currently the top scorer in the division, while Suarez already has three goals to his name. The duo have already combined to devastating effect in some matches.

Rush was a great striker during his playing days for Liverpool. He managed to score almost 350 goals for the club in two spells. There has been talk about Sturridge or Suarez winning the Golden Boot at the end of season. Suarez could have won this trophy ahead of Robin van Persie had it not been for the ban in the final few matches of the last season. Rush is confident that either one of them will be capable of winning the Golden Boot. There is a lot of danger of Suarez leaving Liverpool in the summer, but those rumours have been put to bed for the moment.

"They have got a chance. Last year, the two best players in the league were Suarez and Bale. Suarez surprised me with how many he did score, I knew he could make goals, but he had an incredible season. I thought he was superb and he seems to have taken it on again. He has come back from his suspension and started scoring goals again. Sturridge had a great start to the season, scored in the first three or four games," said the former striker, who is regarded as a legend at the club.

Daniel Sturridge backs Liverpool manager

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes that the club will soon be challenging for the major trophies. According to the 23 year old England international, manager Brendan Rodgers has defined clearly the beliefs on how football should be played and the player believes that the club will reap the benefits in the years to come. Sturrdige, who scored 11 goals in 16 starts for the Reds since making his move from Chelsea, is itching to help Liverpool mount a challenge for the Premier League title this season.

According to the England international, the philosophy that the manager has and has imbibed on the players, the club should be challenging for honors on all fronts. He mentioned that he thinks the club has a great future ahead of it and the only direction it can go is forward. He stated that the things the club did, before and after his arrival helped deliver some better statistics than the club has had in previous seasons in terms of attacking displays and goals scored.

Daniel Sturridge further mentioned that it is very exciting to be a part of that philosophy and the regime that the manager is trying to form to take the club forward in the future. Sturridge is former youth player of Manchester City who was snapped up by Chelsea but he hardly had any impact at the club and the frequent changing of management has had its effects on the development of the player.

The England man made the move to Liverpool after a protracted transfer saga in January 2013 and according to Daniel Sturridge, the players will be doing everything in their powers to help the club mount a challenge for the title and take the club back to the days of glory it enjoyed in the 1970s and 1980s.

STURRIDGE BACKS RODGERS

The striker of Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge, has thanked the manager Brendan Rodgers for giving him regular playing chances since his arrival at the club earlier this year.

Sturridge has had a great run this year so far. He has featured for Liverpool in nine matches and has found the back of the net 5 times.

He also scored a goal for his national side England in the world cup qualifying match against San Marino. That was Sturridge’s 1st goal for England.

Talking to the reporters about his recent performances, Sturridge said, “I am really happy with my recent outings. I want to thank Brendan Rodgers for showing faith in me.”

“At Chelsea, I had no difficulty whatsoever. I won a lot of trophies playing for them and I was alright there. But, the reason for me to take a transfer was that I wasn’t fulfilling my personal ambitions there.”

“Now, I feel that my decision to join Liverpool was a great one. I am a regular starter here and I am playing up to my potential.”

“I also have good tuning with my teammates. Everybody in the camp has treated me really well and has made me feel comfortable here. The manager, assistant manager, support staff, everyone has been superb.”

Sturridge signed for Liverpool during the mid season transfer window. The transfer fee paid by Liverpool to Chelsea for buying Sturridge is reported to be close to 12 million Pounds.

Sturridge found the net in his very first match for Liverpool against Mansfield Town. That was a FA Cup match and was played on 6th of January.

Sturridge made his Premier League debut for the Reds against Manchester United and scored a goal in that match too. However, Liverpool lost that match by 1-2.

Who will get into Europe?

In the Premier League there are five coveted spots at the top of the table that take the teams who make it there to European competitions, and each season is always full of surprises, a quick look at the betting odds for each team’s chances can show this.

Once they have made it to Europe they then get to compete against the best in Europe so that they can be crowned the best overall in the whole continent. This is a great achievement that many teams hope to get a chance at, however the Premiership is already an incredibly competitive league and getting a top five spot is no easy ask.

STURRIDGE UNHAPPY WITH DRAW

Daniel Sturridge has said that he is pretty disappointed with the draw against Manchester City as he felt that his team played better than City.

The match between Manchester City and Liverpool on Saturday ended in a draw. Both the teams scored two goals each in the game. Daniel Sturridge also scored a goal for Liverpool in that match.

Sturridge has joined Liverpool just a month back and he has performed brilliantly for the Reds so far. He found the net in each of his first three matches for Liverpool.
Talking to the reporters after the match against Manchester City, Sturridge said, “I am a bit disappointed with the end result. We were better than them today and deserved to get three points. But, that’s the way it goes. Sometimes, you play better than the opposing team, but, even after that, you don’t win the match.”

“In the last couple of games, we have played some great football, but, we have managed to get only two points from those two games. That’s really disappointing. But, we can’t do anything about that now. We need to regroup again and look forward to our next match against West Bromwich Albion.”

When asked if he thinks that his team will be able to qualify for the Champions League, Sturridge said, “Yes, I think so. We need to be positive. We are nine points behind Tottenham Hotspur which is at no. 4. It’s not a huge margin. We need to back ourselves to overtake them.”
“We have played reasonably well this year. Currently, most of our players are in good form and if we remain consistent in the rest of the season, we can finish the season in top 4.”

Liverpool will play its next match against West Bromwich Albion at the Anfield on 11th of February.

STURRIDGE MOVE HITS GLITCH

Liverpool's attempts to bring in the Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge to Anfield during the January transfer window has been hit by a glitch due to the demands made by the agent of the player. Liverpool have been consistently linked with the England international for the last few months. He came extremely close to joining Liverpool on a season long loan deal during the summer.

Even though he is one of the two strikers at Chelsea along with Fernando Torres, he has found very little first-team opportunities at the club. As a result, the club are prepared to sell him for £ 12 million in January.
He has been recently left out of the squad that played at the Club World Cup, while he was also a notable absentee in the match against Leeds united. He was expected to take part in the Capital One Cup, but the manager Rafa Benitez decided to omit him from the squad due to the expected transfer of the player. It is thought that the two clubs have agreed a £ 12 million fee for the player, but a possible medical ahead of the completion of the move on January 1st has been hit by the demands of the agent. Liverpool are not prepared to pay a significant amount of fees to the agents unlike in the past.

Liverpool are the third club in the Premier league behind Manchester city and Chelsea to have paid a lot of amount to agents. This has significantly hit the balance sheet of the club, as they have suffered a lot of losses in recent seasons. Even though this is largely due to the absence of the Champions League football, Liverpool believe that they do not need to pay a lot of fees to the agents, which could lead to the proposed transfer falling apart.

STURRIDGE WILL HIT 20

The Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has said that he is extremely confident that he will be able to score at least 20 goals in a season if he is given the chance by the manager.

The 23-year-old came to prominence at the club during the time of Andre Villas-Boas, but soon found himself as one of the regular substitute under the current manager Roberto di Matteo. He scored close to 15 goals last season, with a majority of them coming during the first half of the season under Andre Villas-Boas. This season, Roberto di Matteo has used Fernando Torres in every match of the season apart from one.

This has meant that Daniel Sturridge has been only on the bench with his game time coming in the form of late substitute appearances. Even then, he has scored a few goals for the club including the final goal in the 4-2 win over Tottenham. He has been recently selected for the England friendly match against Sweden, despite not having played much for Chelsea this season. He has said that he is patiently waiting for this chance to get into the team, and when he does, he believes that he can score 20 goals a season. Torres has scored seven goals in his 19 appearances this season.

"I'd hope so. It's always difficult to say I'd score 20 goals a season. But if any player's given a regular run then you'd hope that if they're playing at a top club and given opportunities to score goals they'd be able to do that. I do believe I'm a centre-forward, I do believe I'd be able to help the team win games," said Daniel Sturridge. Torres has been suffering from yet another crisis of confidence in recent weeks. His poor performances might mean that Sturridge could have an opportunity against West Brom this weekend.

STURRIDGE WILL GET CHANCE

The manager of Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo, has said that Daniel Sturridge might be given starting opportunities in the upcoming matches. Sturridge hasn’t been given enough playing chances in the ongoing season so far and the English striker has spent just 31 minutes on the field in the current Premier League season.

Sturridge was reported to be approached by the authorities of Liverpool during the pre season transfer window, but, he rejected their offer and opted to continue playing for Chelsea. But, the English striker has been sidelined more often than not in the current season.

As per Di Matteo, you can’t include everyone in the starting line up. The players need to wait for their chances. Sturridge has looked in good nick in the training sessions. So, he might be included in the first XI in the next matches.

The upcoming schedule of Chelsea is pretty hectic. The team has to play 7 matches in the next three weeks. Chelsea will play its next match against Sunderland and then, the team would play its opening match of the Champions League against Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea was the winner of the Champions League in the last season. The team had defeated Bayern Munich in the final match by 4-3. Di Matteo thinks that Chelsea has got good enough team to win the Champions League for the second consecutive time.

However, the Chelsea manager admitted that it would not be easy for the team to repeat the history. As per Di Matteo, the opposing teams would be coming hard against the defending champions which would make Chelsea’s work harder in the upcoming Champions League tournament. But, the players need to keep things simple and try to do what they had done in the previous season.

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