We all know that Daniel Sturridge’s future at Liverpool is not looking particularly good (nor has it for a while). Sturridge spent the latter half of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion but barely made three appearances for the club before he suffered a hamstring injury. As of a few days ago, the major concern for Liverpool vis-a-vis Sturridge was whether or not they could find anyone willing to pay £15 million for the 28-year-old striker.
Then came the 7-0 win against Chester. And yes, it’s a pre-season friendly against a non-league side, and sure, we’ve been here with Sturridge before. But watching Sturridge at his best has always been a pleasure, and his brace against Chester was a glimmer of everything we love about the striker.
“I saw a lot of good things from Daniel,” Klopp said after the game. “He can still do more to impress me, but I know about his quality. He’s had a very positive week and today he looked really good. We started playing football when he was involved. That’s how it is.”
The player himself is raring to go and prove to Klopp just what he can do.
“Nice to be back in an LFC shirt with a win and some goals. Just the beginning,” Sturridge wrote on Instagram following the game. The player has made it clear just how much he loves the club and where he’d prefer his future to be, and it would be incredible if this was the beginning of his return.
Still, given the reality of Sturridge’s form, it seems less likely that he’ll be able to eke out a permanent space on Klopp’s squad and more plausible that this will help Liverpool get a bid closer to what they’re asking for the striker.