Now that we know Daniel Sturridge is no longer playing at Liverpool next season, we have to remember the best season he played for the Reds.
Daniel Sturridge has to be one of the most fortunate players in English football history, but he lived his best times as a Liverpool footballer.
This England international came from the Manchester City youth academy and he quickly made an impression amongst the football community.
His talent seemed like it would take him quite far during his career, but he’s never really been able to reach his full capacity.
The best season he played as a professional came during his time at Liverpool, a club that he is leaving next summer after six years.
That first season Daniel played as a Red was by far the most prolific of his career, the English player found an ideal pair next to Luis Suarez.
During that 2013-14 season, Liverpool came really close to winning the Premier League.
Sturridge found the perfect partner in Luis, the Uruguay international scored 31 goals and provided 14 assists in 37 matches he played.
Manager Brendan Rodgers was able to find the ideal duo thanks to Sturridge, who scored 24 goals and provided 7 assists in 33 matches played for Liverpool.
The England international was easily the best striker from his country during that era.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 4, 2019
Klopp believes Daniel is a Liverpool great.
It was just this Tuesday when Liverpool announced that both Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno are leaving Liverpool this summer.
The club thanked both of them for all the good times and manager Jurgen Klopp spoke about their impact in the squad.
“They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they – as much as anyone – helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction,” said Klopp via Four Four Two.
“Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment,” he continued.
“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.”
“He is one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life. He scores goals you think could and should not be possible.”
“What maybe is missed on the outside of the club by many is what a great leader Daniel is in our dressing room.”
“He is smart, confident and not afraid to speak up when he thinks there is something that needs adapting to help the team.”
“He has been great with many of the younger players also, so he has been so important to our progression here.”
“I wish both players nothing but success and joy wherever their journey takes them next.”
“Whoever has them next will be so lucky to have these outstanding personalities in their ranks.”
“We will miss them of course, but we can say farewell with the best words possible: Guys, you leave as European champions.”
He really could score every type of goal. pic.twitter.com/EYEdmTy1Xg
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) June 4, 2019
The words from Jurgen Klopp are a clear example of how important Daniel Sturridge was for the club, a value that perhaps the club’s board failed to see.
Even though he is already 29 years old, there is a good chance that Daniel Sturridge can play for another great club in the future.
But the striker does seem like he would be keen on a move to the MLS, perhaps going to Scotland could also be in the cards for him.
All we can say is that Daniel Sturridge has incredible skills and qualities, he can lead a project in a lesser league.
Say he decided to move to the MLS and play for a club like LA Galaxy, he would completely destroy the opposition alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
We will know more about Daniel Sturridge’s future in the following weeks, he will make a decision before the end of the summer.
Sturridge leaves a whole legion of Reds’ fans behind, he even penned a letter in which he expressed how grateful he feels to have played for Liverpool.
If this is really goodbye for Daniel Sturridge in English football, a lot of people are going to miss his celebrations after scoring a goal.
— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) June 5, 2019
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