Watch: Daniel Sturridge v. Chelsea

Michael Regan

Everybody's talking about Luis Suarez, but what got left behind was the brilliant 45-plus minutes turned in by Daniel Sturridge, easily his best over the past month and one that's deserving of a closer look.

We won't be able to avoid talk about Luis Suarez for the next forever, but we should probably also give deserved attention to the performance of Daniel Sturridge, who gave his former club fits in scoring the first equalizer and then providing the assist for the second in Sunday's 2-2 draw at Anfield. He's been somewhat off-form since suffering a slight injury against Manchester City, and while he managed to score against Swansea from the penalty spot two weeks later, it's been hard to tell if the striker was on his way back to the type of dangerous form we witnessed after he first arrived.

Yesterday provided plenty of evidence that the young Englishman's capable of matching his immediate post-transfer form in a Liverpool shirt, as he came on to almost instant effect as the second half got underway. He played in Steven Gerrard after a lovely run down the right side, and while the captain saw his effort saved by Petr Cech, Sturridge would eventually get his reward--after a self-created effort crashed off the post--on the back end of a wonderful interchange that saw Stewart Downing knock back a Jamie Carragher hoof for Luis Suarez, who hit a perfect first-time cross for Sturridge to nudge past a helpless Cech.

The likely loss of Suarez for any number of matches leaves a spot for Sturridge to be the focus of Liverpool's attack, and with the lack of chemistry between he and Philippe Coutinho, there's suddenly a spot for the two to try to create a partnership that just hasn't clicked since both arrived in January. It's not anything we would have wished for, particularly in the circumstances surrounding Suarez,

It'll take some time to move beyond what happened on Sunday, but if Daniel Sturridge can hit the ground running in a similar manner as he did against Chelsea yesterday, looking forward will be a fair bit easier.


Video by MrBoyWunder

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