Liverpool have had a pretty superb start to the season as the Reds have taken the positivity from their transfer window into the first four games of the season and so far look worryingly good.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into the season tipped to be a serious title contender. Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri all arrived over the summer to add serious quality to the club.
With their devastating front three, tenacious midfield and solid backline, Liverpool arguably have one of the best starting XI’s in the world. However, if the Merseyside club are to win the title this season, Liverpool are going to need their backups and squad players to step up during a long, hard Premier League season.
Up front, when Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are out, Klopp is going to need the likes of Dominic Solanke, Shaqiri and maybe most importantly, Daniel Sturridge.
After spending the second-half of the season with West Brom, it was unsure if the club would keep Sturridge but they have and he could prove to be crucial.
Despite having a torrid time with injuries during his time at Liverpool, Sturridge is still one of the most talented English players in the league. Aside from his second season with the club where he scored 22 goals as the club just missed out on the title, Sturridge has struggled to get on the field and showcase the talent that everyone knows he has.
At 29, the English striker is in the prime of his career and has already contributed by scoring against West Ham. The fact that Klopp kept Sturridge with his contract running out next year, shows that the German values him as long as can keep him fit.
This season is going crucial for Liverpool but also Sturridge. The Reds have got the best squad they’ve had in years and are expected to seriously challenge for the title this season and in reality, they have to win some silverware. Likewise for Sturridge, at 29 and with his contract expiring next season, he has to stay fit and prove his worth.
After such terrible luck with injuries, a bit-part role for a potential title winner might just be what Sturridge needs to get back on track. Staying at Liverpool this year at the moment looks to be a wise move for all parties concerned.
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