The last of one of the most potent forward line-ups in recent history – Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge – is set to leave Anfield this summer at the end of his contract.
England striker Daniel Sturridge, 29, scored 67 goals in 160 appearances for the Reds after joining from Chelsea all the way back in January 2013.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Jurgen Klopp said: “Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think. He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important.”
And he’s not wrong. Is he ever?
As much as Suarez will always be remembered as the main man, Sturridge deserves so much to be remembered as his faithful sidekick, a guardian of the revival.
Arguably one of the prolific finishers the club has since in recent memory, Sturridge wasted absolutely no time in proving to his former employers exactly what they were missing, scoring 36 goals in his opening 49 games, per Transermarkt.
This need for more projected him forwards, and like all great talents, the battle to become the best of the best never stopped.
However, in the same way that rock always beats scissors, physical injuries always out trump the jurisdiction of any positive ethos, and Sturridge – a man who was all too familiar with this – fell victim to an extensive list of complications throughout his career (567 days-worth to be precise).
England’s first-choice striker for the 2014 World Cup after such a strong campaign in 2013-14 alongside Suarez, it’s probably fair to say the former Chelsea star was robbed of the best years of his career because of his constant fitness issues.
Still, the Englishman leaves a Champions League winner (the second European crown he can boast after picking up one with the Blues in 2012) alongside Alberto Moreno, who is also set to depart at the end of his contract, though we’re sure fans will be a little more nostalgic about their dancing striker when the time comes.
As a pre-cursor to the attacking trident currently thrilling the Kop, Daniel Sturridge should be considered one of the best outside of Luis Suarez. Perhaps Liverpool have moved to another level entirely now but, for a short time as they looked to embark on the journey that’s established themselves as a European powerhouse once again, Sturridge’s contribution shouldn’t be sniffed at.
Liverpool fans, do you consider Sturridge a legend? How good could he have been if it wasn’t for injury? Let us know in the comments below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!