Sturridge Won't Be Satisfied Until He Matches Messi

Clive Brunskill

Despite his scintillating form, Daniel Sturridge insists complacency isn't in his nature and that he won't be satisfied—at least unless he manages to match Messi.

With two of Luis Suarez' three goals on Saturday contenders for goal of the season, it would have taken something stunning from one of the Uruguayan's attacking teammates to steal away at least a few of the headlines. Something like Daniel Sturridge's audacious chip from the edge of the penalty area past West Brom 'keeper Boaz Myhill that gave the striker his eighth goal in nine league games so far this season.

To score a lob from that kind of range always takes a bit of help from the man between the sticks, but even if Myhill was a touch too far off his line, Sturridge had mere inches to aim for and measured his shot perfectly. The striker, though, isn't about to stand back in smug celebration, as despite his scintillating form since arriving at Liverpool, Sturridge believes any kind of contented complacency would go against his very nature.

"I hate complacency," insisted Sturridge. "I'm not happy with just having good numbers; I'm not content when I know there's more to accomplish. When I was a kid, I would always score a goal a game or more. It would never be less goals than games. Obviously it's not the same when you're in the first team of a big club. It's much more difficult, but that's the aim, to try and get it as close as possible.

"I know what I can do, and I have to make sure I'm competing against myself and pushing as hard as I can. It's more difficult now, but Messi and Ronaldo are doing on the big stage what they achieved as kids, which is what we have to aspire to.

"I am very critical of myself, so I'll watch a game and think, 'I didn't do very well over there.' My dad is the same. He's my biggest fan and critic, so he'll watch videos and pick out stuff, which annoys me to be honest, but I have to take it on board so I can become a better player. I come from a family that is crazy about football, with my uncles as well, so there is always advice and tips that's available for me."

Sturridge may not be the sort to ever be content with his development as a player, constantly targeting a bar that gets adjusted upward which each success, but one thing he is happy about is his move to Anfield from Chelsea. After struggling to make it off the bench under multiple managers, the faith Brendan Rodgers has shown in him has given Sturridge a footballing home after years spent adrift.

"I feel so happy here, I feel at home, because the club have been really good to me," he said. "I want to leave everything on the field for them because they've given me the platform to play my natural game and just enjoy myself again. Liverpool is the right club for me and I'm happy here now. I'm just playing the way I usually do, and I'm blessed that it is what the team needs from me."

The striker will look to continue his good run on Saturday when Liverpool travel to Arsenal in a match that could put them top of the Premier League table heading into the fourth month of the season. But no matter how well Sturridge plays, and no matter how many more goals he scores, it won't be enough:

"I won't say that I want to get X number of goals. That's a bit limiting. What I will say though is that I want to get to the stage where people think there is no way I can improve any more and yet I prove them wrong and just keep growing stronger."

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