Against the side who released him as a child, with his manager under severe pressure, there was only one man to ease off the pressure. Step up Daniel Sturridge.
Shoot takes a look at the monumental rise of the Liverpool goal-poacher.
Where did he start his career?
Born in Birmingham, Sturridge set the West Midlands alight as an infant. His first destination was to Aston Villa when aged seven; he also had a spell at Coventry City before he made the move to Man City aged 13 – here he would start off his professional career, winning the Youth Cup in 2006 (where he scored an absolute screamer in the final – well worth a watch on YouTube) and 2008.
What happened next?
After making an impact in Man City’s first team, his talent attracted the so called “big boys”. Chelsea came calling in 2009, following the striker’s contract expiring at the Etihad. Inevitably, appearances in West London were few and far between and therefore he moved to Bolton on loan, where he made an instant impression, scoring eight times in only 12 appearances.
From this point onwards he made an impact at Stamford Bridge until he made the move permanently to the North West in 2013, putting pen to paper with Liverpool. Here he reached the climax of his career and was a slip away from winning the Premier League title in 2014. The England international notched 21 goals that season for the Reds and formed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez.
How big of a shock was the brace against Tim Sherwood’s men?
Not a huge shock. Sturridge has proved himself in the Premier League since his move to Liverpool on various occasions with him even making a run for the Golden Boot award in the 2013-14 season. However, because of injury ruling him out for almost a whole season, there were questions marks over whether he could return to the frightening form we have seen in the past. The question has been answered – he can.
What about his international experience?
After excelling for Chelsea, Sturridge was invited on to the international stage when he earnt an England call-up in late November 2011. Despite being an unused substitute in the famous win over then world champions Spain, he made his debut in the next match against Sweden. His impact in the Premier League made him an England regular and he felt the most confident of all England players when they travelled to Brazil for the World Cup. Unfortunately it would not go his, or Roy Hodgson’s side’s way. He has also represented his nation during surely one of Britain’s greatest sporting events – the 2012 Olympics.
Why is he so dangerous?
He is lethal in front of goal. Sturridge is a poacher and one of the old fashioned strikers who likes to shoot on sight. This is noticed with his goal ratio being very impressive at Anfield – he has averaged a goal in nearly every one of his games.
Super Stat: Daniel Sturridge has the best goals per game ratio of any Liverpool player in Premier League history!