Liverpool continued their perfect start to the season on Tuesday night, and the performance of Daniel Sturridge proved the Englishman will be vitally important to the Reds’ quest for trophies.
Competing in four competitions is extremely difficult, maybe even impossible with the increased level of competition these days, but Liverpool are going to make a good fist of it.
The Reds had a great starting eleven last season, but depth in midfield and attack was a huge issue, exemplified by Adam Lallana replacing Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final.
The phrase “like a new signing” gets tossed around an awful lot, but the return of Sturridge this season may be just that.
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Sturridge was a hugely popular figure at Anfield not too long ago, but fell by the wayside due to a combination of injuries and not fitting Jürgen Klopp’s high tempo system.
The 29-year-old led the press brilliantly against PSG though, even if he only touched the ball 34 times. This shows he is a different kind of player to Roberto Firmino, focusing slightly less on linking play and slightly more on being in the right place at the right time to score goals.
He scored once from four attempts at goal, and really should have had a second when he latched on to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross in the second half. He does have the ability to create like Firmino when he needs to as well, completing two dribbles and creating two chances.
If Liverpool are going to win the trophies to match their impressive form, then squad depth will be essential, and the resurgence of a player who has scored 25 goals and added seven assists in his last 37 starts could make all the difference.
So, Liverpool fans, how impressed were you by Sturridge on Tuesday night? Can he be a key man this season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…