With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Daniel Sturridge is sporting hearts in his eyes and expressing a wee bit of twitterpation for his club. He's certainly not the first player to express warm and fuzzy feelings for his employer, but as has become more and more obvious about Sturridge in the year since he moved to Liverpool, those affections seem absolutely bona fide.
“I am just really enjoying my football at the moment,” said Sturridge. “The love I have for this club just grows and grows more and more each day and I can only thank the fans for embracing me in the way that they have.”
Sturridge is an easy player to love, turning in fantastic displays on the pitch and steering clear of controversy off of it, so the fact that he's endeared himself to Reds around the world comes as no surprise. The striker featured heavily in Liverpool's trouncing of Everton on Tuesday, and he was just as thrilled as fans with the result.
“It was fantastic for the boys," he enthused. "We wanted to put on a performance for the fans, for the team, for everyone and obviously we’re delighted with it. Of course I am a bit disappointed not to score a hat-trick because that really would have been the icing on the cake. But at the same time we have won 4-0 at home against Everton, so really I can’t be too down on myself.
“It’s a massive three points, it’s massive for the fans, who get the bragging rights now and that’s what it is all about. At the end of the day it’s just all about the team. I keep saying it but it really is a case of the team being all important. If we do that, if we work that way, we will get the results.”
Sturridge's knack for speaking in football clichés yet coming across as completely genuine in doing so is a skill set of its own. On the back of a performance that saw him display some marginal crankiness upon being subbed, his refocusing on the importance of the team over any kind of personal ego is demonstrative of the larger vibes emanating from his teammates. Those affiliated with the club have long touted the idea that no player is larger than the club, and Sturridge's attitude lies right at the heart of the matter.