Brendan Rodgers' capture of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea was not only a necessity for Liverpool, but was also a signing that has given them an extra dimension that, given time, can instigate a period of success for the Kopites. It was a real coup.
Not only has Sturridge made an instant impact for the Anfield club, scoring four goals in five Premier League games, but he has also proved to be a perfect partner for Luis Suarez.
This season Liverpool have been short of strikers and have relied heavily on Suarez to score the majority of their goals. Suarez has been in great form all season and has carried the club not only in terms of goal scoring, but the threat of injury prompted Rodgers to enter the transfer market.
Sturridge has shown promise all his career but, particularly at Chelsea, he never had the opportunity to play up front in his preferred position. More often than not he found himself pushed out wide or making brief appearances from the bench.
Liverpool have realised that by playing Sturridge up front, not only improves their goal scoring threat, but it also provides the perfect foil for Suarez to drop deeper and operate in a role between defence and midfield, an area where he is hard to mark and can cause the most damage. Meanwhile, Sturridge is occupying the central defence with the threat of his pace.
Sturridge has the potential to follow former Arsenal player Thierry Henry who himself was initially used as a winger at Juventus before Arsene Wenger converted him to an out and out striker with spectacular results.
Liverpool have been through a lean period in terms of trophies. The club are striving to compete in the Premier League which is their ultimate aim. Watching arch rivals Manchester United capturing league titles must be infuriating for a club so used to success themselves. Sturridge and Suarez can definitely recapture the glory days once again.
By bringing Sturridge to the club, Rogers has possibly appeased Suarez who's performances this season will have attracted a lot of interest from clubs. Suarez is, alongside Steven Gerrard, the only truly world class player in Liverpool's ranks. He may well have been wondering what the future holds for him in a side seemingly incapable of challenging for honours.
Other striking partnerships have won trophies for clubs, such as Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, and there is every reason to believe that Sturridge and Suarez can do the same for Liverpool.
The next step for Rogers and Liverpool will be to strengthen the rest of the team to supply these two potent strikers with the ammunition they so desperately crave.
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