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Daniel Sturridge: A man in desperate need of his missing mojo - by Jason Harris


When Daniel Sturridge was signed by Brendan Rodgers in January 2013 it is fair to say he arrived as a Footballer of untapped potential, you could even say a rough diamond.

 

He just seemed to be one of those players which frustrate managers and supporters no end. They clearly have all the attributes to be a great player, but something was missing from their overall make-up.

 

He had shown glimpses of his talent at his former clubs Man City, Chelsea and when on loan at Bolton but nothing that was displayed for a sustained period of time. The fact that Chelsea were willing to sell Sturridge to one of their 'rivals' for just £12 Million showed that they had finally run out of patience with the striker.

 

When you put everything into the equation, it was a good bit of business by a rebuilding and soon to be title-challenging Liverpool team. Despite the inconsistent nature of his career to that moment, one thing Sturridge did not lack was self-confidence which is a sign of a good striker. He made a positive impact in the second half of the 2012/13 season and carried that form to the next campaign where he developed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez.

 

The duo set a number of goalscoring records in the 2013/4 season. This included Sturridge becoming the first Liverpool player in the Premier League era to score in seven consecutive League games, (he scored 21 League goals for the season) and received due recognition by being selected in the PFA team of the year. A star was well and truly on the rise as Sturridge finally looked to be living up to his potential.

 

However, since his first one and a half seasons at the club where he scored 31 goals in the league, Sturridge has hit a major speed bump in the way of injury. He has scored just 14 league goals in the following two and a half seasons and that has inevitably cast doubt on his overall future at the club.

 

Just like explosive players such as Michael Owen and Fernando Torres, Sturridge has seen his blistering pace significantly decline due to the soft tissue injuries he has suffered over time. It is only natural that a athlete has some demons to overcome after having such a wretched run like the the 27 year-old has endured, although some close observers of Sturridge felt he lacked the mental fortitude to push through the pain barrier.

 

Because his body has not been able to hold up to the intense grind of first team Football, Sturridge now has a unwillingness to make those blistering runs which was a trademark of his early Liverpool days. The absence of that part of his game has made him somewhat of a passenger in Jurgen Klopp's side.

 

Due to this fact, he has been on the periphery of the starting line-up this season with Klopp for the most part choosing to go with a front three without a traditional out and out striker. Never one to hide his emotions, Sturridge has cut a frustrated figure when sitting on the substitutes bench and has done his case for more playing time no favours by producing lacklustre performances on the pitch. It is a long way from a couple of seasons ago where his 'wavy arm goalscoring dance' was a weekly occurrence at Anfield

 

The question that will now be posed is whether we are about to see the last few months of Sturridge in a Liverpool strip. The answer is not as clear cut as one may think, as players who are deemed surplus to requirements are becoming increasingly more difficult to offload as the recent Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sahko episodes have shown.

 

Currently we are none the wiser in terms of what Klopp's thoughts are in regards to his future plans for the striker. He has played a very straight bat to questions regarding Sturridge saying he has been 'happy' with his recent efforts, despite his minimal impact on the scoresheet

 

As results continue to be on the decline, Sturridge and fellow striker Divock Origi have the opportunity to force their way into the starting lineup and present themselves as another viable option to the manager.

 

The Belgian has blown hot and cold this season, going on a nice scoring run in November and December, but then failing to score in ten appearances before breaking that drought on the weekend against Wolves in the FA Cup. At his best, Origi has bullied defenders with his pace and power which is deadly combination to have at your disposal. At just 21 years old he has clear potential, however his overall work rate which was a particular strength of his game last season (especially in the Europa League) has dropped off considerably in this campaign.

 

This is where the experienced Sturridge has to step up to the plate and make a strong case if he wants to have a future at Anfield. With his explosive pace now diminished, what he needs to do is re-invent his game to add a few more strings to his bow. It is what all the good players are able to do once they reach a specific point in their careers and that time has now come for Sturridge.

 

If he is looking for an example to base his career renaissance on, he needs to look no further than Jermaine Defoe. The striker was often seen earlier in his career as someone who had a bagful of pace and good goal poaching abilities, but lacking in the technical side of the game. However over time he has worked extremely hard on his all-around game and after a brief sojourn in the MLS, he has returned to the Premier League revitalised and at the age of 34 is arguably playing the best Football of his career.

 

In what direction Sturridge wants his own career to head down is entirely up to him. What is beyond any doubt is that his career is currently on pause and he needs to find a way to hit the play button again.

 

Described by many pundits as a selfish player, he has the ideal opportunity to prove the doubters wrong by turning himself into the perfect team man. Just because you didn’t put the ball into the net yourself does not mean that you had no role to play in the goal.

 

We may well be approaching injury time on Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool career but there is nothing like a bit of late drama. Here’s hoping the “dancing man” is able to pull a few tricks out of his bag in the pivotal last few months of the season which will in turn go a long way to sealing a all-important top four birth as well as his future with the club.

 

Jason Harris

@JayHarry80


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I'd love him to bury a few tomorrow more than any of our other players. We need him bang on form for the rest of the season if we want top 4. Can't see him turning it around though.
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I dont think there's any danger he wont be moving \ moved on at the end of the season. In fact, Id be more surprised if he wasnt sold.

 

He cuts a lonely frustrated figure on the pitch. His pace has clearly gone. He doesnt seem to have a clue what to do, should he try and chase the ball like Klopp wants or, should he conserve his energy in the hope he can find a yard of space to give his chance of a shot.

 

But like all players, he needs regular game time to 'get his eye in' and he just isnt getting that. And I can understand Klopp's reasoning for not giving him it either. It is a vicious circle, he needs the game time to regain form and maybe score a goal or two but until he scores a goal or two, he's not going to get regular game time.

 

It is all a bit sad to watch.

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He's in desperate need of a new club more than anything. If he's smart, he'll go to a mid-table team who is willing to build the side around him because if there is one thing that the past few years have proved, it's that he can't handle being the man at a big club. Either that or he could go be a handsomely paid backup at PSG or something like that.

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. Either that or he could go be a handsomely paid backup at FSG or something like that.

 

Something like that..

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Something like that..

 

I very rarely understand your banter, Howie, and this is no exception. 

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Look what I did Stacks - in the quote --- clever right?

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Found. Now stop being a fuckin pussy and start bangin in the goals again eh Dan.
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Found. Now stop being a fuckin pussy and start bangin in the goals again eh Dan.

 

Sturridge's career at lfc...

 

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If Dembele heads to Chelsea from Celtic, Rodgers white teeth will be glistening at Sturridge to be magnificent at rebinding his shit there. A right pair of bull shitters, on their day.
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I think the time to sell him was last summer when the myth of him being amazing when fit was still there. Now he looks slow which has been backed up by recent stats.

Think we will be lucky to get back what we paid for him unless some Chinese club want him. If Ighalo from Watford is worth 20m then so is he.
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Carraghers find us no favours with regards to selling him for a decent fee, he said live on Sky Sports what we've all been saying for 2 years and now everyone's jumped on the bandwagon, he's had all his sprints and sprint speeds looked into and it proves what most Liverpool fans been saying, he's fucked, either mentally won't sprint or he simply can't anymore, either way now with this being pointed out we'll get nowhere near the amount we would have.
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Just get his massive wage off the books....if we could afford to or had a wage structure that allowed us to keep a crocked luxury player on then fine - but we can't and he is eating up the wages that could and need to go to a genuine 'star' player....
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He's fucking shite.
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He's not going to find his missing mojo just like Torres never found his again. Best hope is some Chinese team puts in a massive bid in for him or failing that West Ham like buying shite players off us.

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Man Not on Fire, starring Denzel Sturridge.
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Didn't train today
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I imagine, if he kept a diary, a lot of the entries would be like that
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Didn't train today


there was a time where this news would make me think 'shit, bad news'...now it literally makes no difference - he is finished at lfc
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Didn't train today


It's only because they couldn't find stabilisers to fit his bike.
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A prodigiously gifted but utterly unreliable striker. I can't be bothered putting forward the 'but what if he gets fit and plays 40 games' arguments any more. Not going to happen.

Hopefully Klopp will, as a matter of priority, make use of the £25m in the exact same position rather than bringing in another seven or eight goal number 10.
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Don't forget he will also be reinvesting the Coutinho how money.
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A prodigiously gifted but utterly unreliable striker. I can't be bothered putting forward the 'but what if he gets fit and plays 40 games' arguments any more. Not going to happen.

Hopefully Klopp will, as a matter of priority, make use of the £25m in the exact same position rather than bringing in another seven or eight goal number 10.


lets not be silly he won't get all the 25m to use - probably about 15 of it.
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Can't see us getting anything like 25m.

Everyone knows he's crocked.
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He's flown home because of a virus
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He's flown home because of a virus

 

We're nothing without our laptops these days

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