If you’d asked Daniel Sturridge at the start of the season he’d be firing in goals for Liverpool and starting for England he’d probably have laughed in your face.
What a difference nine months make, as the Reds striker made his first international start on Wednesday night having finished off the season with six goals in five games. Sturridge really has impressed this season and his obvious talents that were going to waste at Chelsea have been depended upon for goals at Anfield.
Alongside Luis Suarez the pair have proven a formidable striking unit for Liverpool and next season, should both stay on Merseyside, football betting fans can expect them to challenge for a top-four place.
What a pity it was, therefore, that the young forward’s season ended in frustration as Sturridge was carried off with an ankle strain just half-an-hour into his full international debut.
It was an innocuous challenge that saw him go down but, after a quick check-up by medical staff on Wednesday night, it was clear he wouldn’t be on the plane to Brazil, a match that could prove taxing for England.
So Sturridge now has the summer off to rest his swollen foot and get ready for the new season ahead. Much will be expected from this sprightly 23-year-old and he has the backing of the Anfield kop to go forward with zealous next term.
Liverpool have already brought in defender Kolo Toure while they’ve agreed a £6m fee for Celta Vigo hitman Iago Aspas, so clearly Brendan Rodgers is looking to move this club up a level. Yet they remain reliant on Sturridge and Suarez to win games each week and this situation won’t change.
It’s a long way away from warming the bench at Chelsea and Sturridge should be proud of his successful transition to a new club this season. Next term will be even tougher, however, and the England forward must be ready to step up.
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