Daniel Sturridge is beginning to show why he was so highly rated as a youngster, and has blasted Liverpool to the top of the league with three game-winning goals this season.
Sturridge left Chelsea for Merseyside for a chance at regular first-team action, and hasn’t disappointed, scoring 13 goals in 17 Premier League games for Liverpool.
If Sturridge’s striking credentials have been doubted, he’s gone a long way toward silencing his critics with his crucial goals this season, which all comprised different skills.
The England man unfortunately missed out in the recent International fixtures with a thigh injury, and the team was clearly lacking an active presence up front who looks to get in behind.
Liverpool look capable of launching an assault on the top four this season, which surely has to be a minimum requirement for a club of this size.
Steven Gerrard seems settled playing a more defensive role these days for Liverpool, creating a strong platform on which Philippe Coutinho can thrive.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was recognized for his team’s strong start to the season with the first ‘Manager of the Month’ award. Sturridge was also crowned the Player of the Month.
Of course it’s early days, but Liverpool certainly seem to have made the so called ‘top five’ a ‘top six’ this season, and will look to beat Arsenal and Tottenham to a Champions League spot.
They have the ability, the manager and the ambition to make that happen. Most frighteningly for the rest of the division, Luis Suarez is still to return.