Rodgers reveals why Sturridge is thriving
Newfound confidence is the key to the sparkling from of Daniel Sturridge, according to Liverpool boss Brendon Rodgers.
With two match winning goals from two starts in two threatening displays this season, Liverpool’s 23-year-old striker looks set for a productive term at Anfield.
Arriving in January 2013 from rivals Chelsea, he bagged 10 goals from 11 starts and has continued in the same vein despite dealing with injury over the summer.
Capitalising on the long suspension of Louis Suarez, Sturridge helped Liverpool card back to back wins at the opening on the 2013/14 season, grabbing both goals from consecutive 1-0 victories against Stoke City and Aston Villa.
Despite always showing great potential, Sturridge was not able to establish himself at either Manchester City or at Chelsea, often a substitute and often put out wide, he only started 36 Premier League games in six years, though he was able to provide some key goals.
Sturridge memorably scored the deciding goal in extra time when Chelsea overcame Manchester United 5-4 in a thrilling League Cup encounter.
Opportunity and Confidence
BT Sport spoke to manager Brendon Rodgers and asked what he thought was the reason behind his player’s recent surge in form.
“There’s a few things. Firstly, it’s opportunity and confidence. He’s a player who thrives on confidence.” He said.
“He’s come into a really special football club where the supporters have made him feel really welcome and he’s thriving on that.
“He’s a number nine, he can move, he can sprint, he’s a really good footballer as well, he’s not just a goalscorer. You see his movement, his touch, and he’s thrived on the confidence of his team-mates and the people around the club.”
Liverpool fans may well be relishing a fine season after six points from their first two fixtures. Rodgers has strengthened throughout the team, bringing in Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.
Rodgers has chased many more this summer and it would not be a surprise to see more arrivals on Merseyside. Vistor Moses could be in line for a shock loan move with Chelsea having an overcrowded midfield. With Suarez looking set to stay, though not available for selection for a few games yet, signs are very promising for Liverpool this season.
Sturridge will have the chance to shine again, but this time on his 24th birthday when Liverpool meet Manchester United this coming Sunday.