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Daniel Sturridge: Finally realising his potential

Sturridge is on fire this season. (©GettyImages)
Sturridge is on fire this season. (©GettyImages).

After Daniel Sturridge scored the winner against Manchester United on his 24th birthday in Liverpool's 1-0 victory at Anfield yesterday, something has become even more clear. He is now home.

The young striker failed to make an impact at Manchester City before moving to London club Chelsea, where he won two F.A cups and a Champions League title.

Despite this trophy success though, Sturridge never truly gained a first team place and whenever he did start, had to occupy out wide.

After returning to Chelsea from a loan spell from Bolton, where he had scored an impressive eight goals in half a season, new manager Andre Villas-Boas decided to give him a healthy run in a team, something he definitely took advantage of.

An impressive scoring run of form suggested the England international would become a key player to Chelsea's future success, but the sacking of AVB and the arrival of Roberto Di Matteo saw Sturridge's fine season end. 

Di Matteo rarely played Sturridge and the talent became wasted. He still picked up a Champions League medal at the end of the season though.

Then the 2012-13 season came and Sturridge continued to feature off the Stamford Bridge bench. He was awarded a start against Manchester United in the Capital One cup and in true fashion, scored a good goal, sending Chelsea through to the next round.

But the 24-year-old made it clear he wanted to play up front not out wide, so a possible move away from the club became very likely.

Liverpool were quickest to react and signed him for around £12million, a large price tag for the forward.

He then transformed from an ordinary player to a top player, scoring 12 goals for Liverpool from January onwards.

These goals included a debut strike against Mansfield in the F.A Cup, a wonder strike against former club Manchester City and a first career hat-trick away to Fulham.

Things had changed for Liverpool's number 15. He was scoring big goals in big games and soon became one of the best strikers England have.

With Luis Suarez banned for biting Branislav Ivanovic, Sturridge started the 2013-14 season by leading the line against Stoke City and scoring the only goal of the game. He then did this again by scoring a fine solo effort away to Aston Villa, followed up by a double against Notts County in the Capital One cup.

Then yesterday, he scored the match winner against rivals Manchester United, his most important career goal to date.

He has certainly settled in at Liverpool, but with Luis Suarez returning from his ban soon, it will be interesting to see if Sturridge can keep his place in the Liverpool team.

I personally think he will as he's one of the best strikers this country has got, and at a young age, will only be looking to get better. 

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