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Daniel Sturridge’s performance against Leicester causes selection headache for Klopp

Daniel Sturridge produced a scintillating performance against Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday night, the kind that showed he can and is adapting to Klopp’s high tempo style of play.

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

There has been much criticism of Daniel Sturridge not suiting Klopp’ style of play and there is a fair point as there was a time when he really didn’t look like he was willing to run for the team. Much has also been written about Klopp’s relationship with Sturridge after Divock Origi came on of the bench before Sturridge in the 1-1 draw with Spurs before the international break, thus people saying that Sturridge has been relegated to third choice striker even though he is our best striker that we have.

Much was made of Sturridge's reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

Much was made of Sturridge’s reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

When Klopp named Sturridge in the starting line up to face Leicester for the grand opening of the new and impressive stand at Anfield it raised a few eyebrows after what has been written by many newspapers and media outlets about Klopp and Sturridge’s so called ‘relationship’. To Liverpool fans we were not surprised to see Sturridge back in the starting line up as simply put he is our best striker and finisher, this Klopp surely knows regardless of what is being written and simply isn’t true.

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Transfer rumours: West Brom ‘express interest’ in Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

Is a exit on the cards for Christian Benteke?

Is a exit on the cards for Christian Benteke?

West Brom could offer Liverpool striker Christian Benteke an escape route this summer, with West Brom boss Tony Pulis said to hold an interest in the Belgium.

Benteke looks certain to leave Liverpool this summer after struggling to fit in under Jurgen Klopp and falling behind Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and even midfielder Roberto Fermino in the pecking order to play up front.

With Danny Ings set to return in pre-season he’s expected to jump ahead of Benteke in the pecking order as well. So Benteke is on the fringes of the Reds team and as one of the biggest earners in the side Klopp is expected to move him on this summer.

Tony Pulis is set to fund a move for the 25 year old Belgium by selling Saido Berahino, who is valued at around 22 million and has been linked with Tottenham and Stoke City.

Berahino was left on the fringes of the West Brom squad earlier in the season due to his attitude but he has recently been getting back into the side but many think this is so other teams won’t be put off to sign him.

The Englishman is a off the shoulder striker and doesn’t really suit Tony Pulis style of play and has struggled to make a impression this season even when he has played. Pulis prefers to utilise stron, lone centre forward which Benteke, like current West Brom strikers Saloman Rondon and former Red Rickie Lambert, would fit perfectly.

Benteke proved during his time at Aston Villa that he is utilised best in a team that play with more of a direct approach to the game. Having scored 49 goals in 101 games for Villa Benteke was a success in similar direct approach that both teams like to play.

Benteke is expected to play our remaining games in the Premier League when he returns to full fitness but only due to the injury to Divock Origi. The Belgiums last start came in February’s FA Cup fourth round loss to West Ham.

Benteke told reporters during a international break that he would never have signed if he wasn’t going to be first choice.

West Brom will face a fight to sign the Big Belgium though as Juventus, Atletico Madrid and West Ham have all been heavily linked and whether West Brom will pay half of the 32million fee Liverpool paid for him is another question.

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Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City: Player ratings – Reds run riot as Klopp rings the changes

Simon Mignolet – 7.3

Mignolet has looked a lot more assured recently and put in another good display here. Couldn’t do anything for the goal but did make one outstanding save to prevent another set play goal to be conceded.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7.0

Clyne had another good performance and has become a beacon of consistency for Liverpool this season. Defended solidly and provided a good outlet down the right.

Martin Skrtel – 6.6

A much more assured performance from the Slovakian international after his shambolic display against Southampton the last time he played. Gave away the free kick which lead to Stoke’s equaliser, but this was a much better performance from Skrtel.

Kolo Toure – 6.5

Had a couple of shaky moments at the back but overall had a good game. Toure has had a good season and whenever he has had the chance to step up he has put in good performances consistently.

Alberto Moreno – 8.1

Moreno’s good form continues as he was solid defensively all game and scored a cracker of a goal, which has been coming for him this season. Provided a great asset down the left hand side and was always running the flank.

Moreno celebrates his goal vs Stoke

Moreno celebrates his goal vs Stoke

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Daniel Sturridge could be out for the rest of the season

sturridge injuryLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has today stated that Daniel Sturridge could now miss the rest of the campaign.

Sturridge has had an injury plagued season as he has struggled with hip and thigh problems all season and hasn’t made a appearance since the Reds FA quarter final against Blackburn.

Sturridge has appeared in just 18 of Liverpool’s 53 games so far this season, and boss Brendan Rodgers has put doubt into Sturridge’s position in the team stating that the Reds need a goalscorer that can play and score on a consistent basis “I need one that is going to be playing and at a top level every week.”

Rodgers said on Monday: “It’s been difficult, Daniel is a good lad who wants to play and help the team but it’s been one of those seasons for him.

“He’s been very unfortunate and we’ll have to monitor day-by-day and see where he’s at.

“When he’s been fit, he’s been brilliant, it’s just about getting him back on a consistent basis. Whether that’s this season, or pre-season, has to be seen.”

 

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Sturridge declares himself fit for crucial game against Chelsea

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has declared himself fit to play in Liverpool’s crunch clash with Chelsea, With possibly Chelsea being knocked out of the Premier League title race.

Sturridge was a doubt for this game after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-2 victory over Manchester City, missing the 3-2 victory over Norwich City.

In a Q&A session with kids who are given a chance to play football in coaching sessions with LFC foundation. When asked if he will play against Chelsea Sturridge said “Hopefully this weekend I’ll be back.”

Regarding a question as to whether or not Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will play Sturridge in the critical match he responded “I’m not too sure if he’ll play me or not. We’ll have to see.”

He was then asked as to whether or not he will celebrate if he scored against his former club, Chelsea, this weekend…admitting that it will cause him a few problems.

“I would like to show respect to my former club, but if I were to come on and score in the last minute I’m going to be on a mad one, aren’t I?” he laughed. “I don’t want to – but I don’t know if I could control myself if that happened.”

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Opinion: Player of the year ordered

6. Adam Lallana

Not to many people knew what this lad was capable of at the start of the season, people are aware now. He has played in every one of Southampton’s 35 Premier league games so far this season, racking up an impressive 9 goals from midfield. He has burst on the international scene with England and is a dead cert to be on the plane to Brazil for England. The 25-year-old has more tactical ability that most England players lack and has a great creative ability to set other players up. The best clubs in the Premier League have put Lallana on their wanted list with Manchester United and Liverpool showing strong interest. Southampton have had a good season and have produced a number of good players with Lallana being the stand out performer, he doesn’t quite match up to the seasons that other players have had but does thoroughly deserve his place in the top six.

5. Daniel Sturridge

The first of three Liverpool players listed for the Player of the Year award is Daniel Sturridge who has had a great season at the Merseyside club. Sturridge has scored an impressive 20 goals in just 26 league appearances, with a further 7 assists to add to that. Sturridge is another certainty to be on the plane to Brazil for England and will most likely be in the starting eleven. Sturridge could have been higher on the list but his season has been derailed by a number of injuries, although none to serious. Sturridge is a striker that will drift in and out of games but give the lad one chance and he will punish you with his finishing ability. Liverpool picked up a real bargain in signing Sturridge for just 12million from Chelsea and has proved his doubters wrong this season playing a key role in Liverpool’s title bid.

 

4. Eden Hazard

It took Hazard a while to adjust to English football after his 32million move from Lille to Chelsea, but this season he has been a revelation for Chelsea. Chelsea often play three attacking midfielders behind the striker and Hazard is always one of them. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho likes to swap and change with the team resting key players but with Hazard he knows he has to play the Belgium winger. Hazard has scored a total of 14 goals in 33 league appearances, and is still at the tender age of just 23 years of age. Hazard has all the qualities to be potentially one of the best footballers in the world in a couple of years, he has pace, can finish and can dribble with the ball past the best defenders in the world.

 

3. Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure has revelled in the fact that new Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has given the three time African player of the year more licence to go further up the field. The manager has been rewarded in his decision with Toure, 30, scoring 18 goals in 31 league appearances. His best goal tally previously was 6 league goals in Man City’s previous three seasons, tripling his previous goal tally for City. Toure is has got raw power and very surprising speed for a man of his size. Yaya Toure has led Man City on a title charge, but whenever he has been missing, not surprising, Man City have not played as well. Often at times this season he has switched between attack and defence depending on the game, but usually has licence to be a box-to-box midfield and roam the field.

 

2. Steven Gerrard

Nobody thought Steven Gerrard could have a season like he has at the age of 33,but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers decision to play Gerrard in a deeper role for the Reds has worked a treat. Gerrard does not need to run as much as he used to and he can sit back and supply the balls for players of the calibre of Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling etc. The Liverpool skipper has scored 13 goals this season, his second best total in the Premier League. With 10 assists this season he has been a creative force for Liverpool in their overall game. When Liverpool have needed a cool head to convert vital penalties in big games Gerrard has stepped up to the park to convert them. It’s not just his overall game as the reason he is this high on the list it’s his leadership on and off pitch. Liverpool have a relatively young and inexperienced team and need to have a leader on the pitch to get them through the games, this was emphasised most in the emotion and the team huddle led by Gerrard at the end of the critical Manchester City win telling the other players to go into the next game exactly the same. The skipper has had a great influence in Liverpool’s title bid and even non-Liverpool fans want Gerrard to finally claim a Premier League winners medal.

1. Luis Suarez

Surely this is the year that Luis Suarez can win the player of the year award after having a remarkable season at Liverpool. Suarez was well on course to possibly winning it last season, but the now infamous moment of madness with Ivanovic caused Suarez to be banned for 10 games. Suarez has scored an incredible 30 goals in 30 league appearances, having missed the first five games of the season due to the ban. Suarez is currently regarded by many as the third best player in world football, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Uruguayan deserves credit for turning his career around with dazzling performances on the pitch, having been looking like Suarez would Leave Liverpool in the summer. But, recently he has signed a new contract at Anfield and he couldn’t look happier as Liverpool lead the league currently by five points. The 27-year-old has notched 12 assists this season to top both the scorers and the assists charts currently. Suarez has earned peoples respect on the pitch and deservedly deserves to win the player of the year award.

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Sturridge: Rodgers philosophy will drive us forward

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes Brendan Rodgers footballing philosophy will drive the  club into a new era, with the striker setting his sights on trophy’s.

Sturridge was signed from Chelsea in January for 12million and has since proved an instant hit with Liverpool supporters by scoring 11 goals in 16 appearances.

The England international is keen that Liverpool continues the form in which they ended in last season to this coming season when Brendan Rodgers starts his second season for Liverpool.

“With the philosophy that the manager has, we should be challenging for honours,” Sturridge told the official monthly LFC magazine. “I think it’s going to be great for us in the future and we can move forward.

“I think we did things last season, both prior to me coming here and then with my help, to deliver some better statistics than we have had in previous years in terms of goals and attacking play.

“It’s exciting to be part of that philosophy and the new regime that the manager is forming for us to move forward as a club.”

When Sturridge looped the ball over Mark Schwarzer to seal his first Liverpool hat-trick in May 2013 at Fulham, he also became the fastest Red to hit 10 goals in the Premier League era.

Such a cutting-edge in front of goal constitutes arguably the forward’s greatest asset – and he intends to utilise it to the full to propel Liverpool back towards the top of the table next season.

“It’s the reason why the manager signed me and Philippe Coutinho as well as the players he signed at the start of the season,” said Sturridge. “The aim was to help the team get back to where it belongs.

“We’ll all be doing everything in our power to make sure that Liverpool is a club that is challenging for Premier League titles because the fans have been waiting for that for a long time and hopefully next season we’ll be in the running.

“When you play in the Premier League, everybody’s goal is to lift that trophy, to have the celebrations and to know that you’ve succeeded and been a champion over everybody else in the division.

“So the main aim for next season and the seasons ahead is to try and help the team do well in the Premier League. I’m sure with the philosophy that the manager has, we’ll be able to do that.”

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Daniel Sturridge to be fit for start of new season

Liverpool has today revealed that Daniel Sturridge should be fit for the start of the new season.

Sturridge’s ankle injury has been reviewed by a specialist.The 23-year-old picked up the ankle injury while representing England, on his full debut, against the Republic Of Ireland and was withdrawn in the first half, after setting up Frank Lampard to give England the lead.

The England forward picked up an Ankle strain and the Liverpool medical team had to allow for the swelling to reduce before a final assessment was made.

Sturridge has been in scintillating form since his move from Chelsea to Liverpool in January and has scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for Liverpool.

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