Obviously, Daniel Sturridge ended his Liverpool career on the highest possible note by winning the Champions League but, as ever for the 29-year-old, it was a mixed campaign on the whole.
So, with the dust having now settled on his Anfield exit amid an outpouring of support for the former Chelsea ace, it’s time to have a closer look at his season in one of the Transfer Tavern’s One High, One Low pieces.
A striker is remembered for the goals they score; some of which are meaningless but a joy to watch, while others are ugly but utterly priceless.
On 18 September 2018, Daniel Sturridge headed in the opener against Paris Saint-Germain. To all intents and purposes, it was a fairly trivial goal, one of 22 Liverpool would go on to score on their road to the final in Madrid. At least, until Divock Origi bagged the second to all but secure the Champions League trophy for the Reds.
It was at this point, the very moment the ball crossed the line in the bottom right-hand corner past the sprawling hands of Hugo Lloris, that the significance of Sturridge’s first was activated. And from almost nothing, it suddenly became the goal which helped Jurgen Klopp and his men narrowly scrape through the group stages; the beginning of their journey to the club’s sixth Champions League trophy; the start of something special, and his lasting legacy.
As we say, strikers go down in the annals for the goals they score, and Sturridge, who leaves Anfield this summer, will always be remembered as the man who got things going.
Honourable mention to his wonder strike against Chelsea, of course.
Football is a strange old game, and fans can be overly critical at the best of times – as proven by the scathing review of Sturridge’s performance in Liverpool’s 5-0 drubbing of Huddersfield.
Need to get rid of Sturridge in summer. He’s so slow now. Doesn’t offer anything
— Not Too Xabi (@XabiAlonso147) April 26, 2019
Naby scoring from Midfield is going to be massive next year. And defo sell Sturridge in the summer he literally offers nothing. Seen a slug move for than him
— Matteo bryant (@matbryant45) April 26, 2019
Wtf does Sturridge give us? Useless striker is needed in the summer
— (@JonesyLFC_) April 26, 2019
Ah, you’ve got to feel for the guy, you really do.
In his prime (circa 2013/14), it’s not hard to imagine that he’d be banging them in left, right and centre against the Terriers with that stupidly good left peg of his. He surely would’ve relished the opportunity to boost his tally for the season and made Huddersfield look like schoolboys with wonky leather shoes on in the process (…more than they already did). But sadly we’re past that stage in his career now, and despite only being 29-years-old, he’s entered a different stage of his evolution as a footballer.
The sad thing is, for all of us who witnessed his exceptional 22-goal season all those years ago, is that we knew exactly what he was capable of. He had the wow factor.
Yet having only managed a paltry 73 minutes in 13 appearances leading up to the Huddersfield game, Sturridge was a shadow of his former self, and his sluggish performance made for easy pickings for those eagle-eyed analysts who were prepared to be so brutally objective.
Liverpool have recently announced that Sturridge is due to leave the club this summer, which is perhaps probably the best news for our poor little nostalgic minds that have been beaten to a pulp by his recent performances.
Thanks for the memories, dancing man.
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