A few months ago, if Daniel Sturridge had left Liverpool, not many would have batted an eyelid.
The striker dropped so far down the pecking order that midway through last season he was sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion.
The forward has scored 76 Premier League goals in his career, but in the last few campaigns, injuries have hampered him significantly.
It was widely thought that the 28-year-old’s Anfield career would come to an end this summer, but it appears that manager Jurgen Klopp still has a role for Sturridge to play.
The fans’ perception of the forward has changed, too, with many highly impressed by his pre-season performances.
On Sunday, Sturridge got off to an ideal start when he came on as a late substitute in the Reds’ first Premier League game of the season.
With his first touch, the former Chelsea star scored Liverpool’s fourth and final goal in a comfortable win over the Hammers at Anfield.
After the match, former Sky Sports presenter Andy Gray, who was sacked by the broadcaster in 2011 for making sexist remarks, attempted to dampen Sturridge’s spirit.
During a taping of beIN SPORTS, the Scotsman claimed that he is not entirely convinced by the striker because he has consistently let people down.
"Too many times he's let too many people down."
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) August 12, 2018
Some Liverpool fans were not best pleased.
Can we just watch football and leave the damn pundits out of it. Show ads. Do something. Play lift music. Really waste of time
— Mojo17 (@Kopperhead17) August 14, 2018
Whos andy gray again?
— Nathan Griffiths (@1ngriff) August 14, 2018
How is anything that Gray says relevant – non story.
— Pat Woodhead (@Patster1969) August 14, 2018
#LFCFamily Pot calling the kettle black! after Gray started picking up injuries when with Villa he played 35 games in 85/86 with just 5 league goals and in 86/87 19 games and NO goals!!! how he has the temerity to slag Studge God only knows!
— James McCarthy (@JamesInvictus) August 14, 2018
Obviously Andy Gray is a complete and total ass! Secondly, having injuries sideline you is not letting people down. Thirdly, the way he has come back is an inspiration and his talent and skill when fit is “Nothing” to sneeze about. I think I’ll see if Mr. Gray is on here & Block
— Stephen Culley (@SteCulley) August 14, 2018
Him and keys trying there hardest to get talked about again and be relevant, never going to Happen
— joey devlin (@joedevlin7) August 14, 2018
Sorry, Andy Who???????? Bitter
— JAMES HEWLETT (@hoffsports) August 14, 2018
— Andrew Moran (@Andy_moran) August 14, 2018
Purely a “attention seeking” rant…..
— Bykers (@SportzSeun) August 14, 2018