Ever since his arrival from Ajax, Luis Suarez has been the star player of Liverpool football club. Whilst he may have been involved in controversy, his football has been nothing short of world-class. It is no surprise that Liverpool hail him as one of the best players in the world.
As he approaches 100 Premier League appearances, he already has 61 league goals for Liverpool to his name. Impressive.
So what would Liverpool do if Suarez left in the summer? He has been linked to Real Madrid many times and even Arsenal at the start of the season. Liverpool fans may think he's irreplaceable and they may not find a player like him in a long time. However, the man who can replace him is already at the club: Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge has shown unbelievably consistency ever since he has arrived at Liverpool. He has already scored over 30 goals in less than 40 games for the club, helping him break into the England squad.
The Englishman has played for Man City and Chelsea but seems to have found his chance to fulfill his potential at Liverpool. Sturridge has had a remarkable goalscoring run since joining and most recently equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in eight consecutive Premier League games.
If he can score in his next two league games for Liverpool, he will equal the all-time record in Premier League history, achieved by Van Nistelrooy.
Goals seem to be a recurring theme for Sturridge, helping his side to 70 goals in the Premier League this season, the most by any team. He himself has scored 18 goals in only 19 appearances (17 starts, two sub appearances) this campaign.
Sturridge has scored so many goals for Liverpool, but people still may say that he isn't world-class because he hasn't played in the Champions League yet against the big teams around the world. However, he has played against the big teams in the Premier League and showed his quality on the big stage.
This season alone, he has scored against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton so far. He has missed games against Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea through injury but now he is fully fit it will be interesting to see how he fairs in the games against Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Another reason why people need to believe in Sturridge is because he is extremely reliable when called upon. As Luis Suarez was banned at the start of the season, Liverpool had to play six games (five League, one Capital One Cup) without him, in which Sturridge started all of them. He scored six goals in them games, failing to score in just a single game, which Liverpool happened to lose.
Sturridge scored the only goal in the opening three Premier League games this season, which all finished 1-0 wins, including a victory against Manchester United at Anfield.
The question has to be asked, is he that good when Suarez plays? Well, in recent games, Luis Suarez has only scored once in the last eight games Liverpool have played in all competitions. Sturridge meanwhile has scored an incredible nine goals in that time.
This article is in no way aimed to criticise Luis Suarez, but merely point out the fact at just how good Daniel Sturridge really is. Even if Suarez leaves or not, the future is bright at Liverpool and England for Daniel Sturridge.
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