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Liverpool must keep Daniel Sturridge fit for rest of the season

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The England international once again showed his incredible goalscoring ability in Liverpool's FA Cup fifth round victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

It was five minutes into the second half and the Reds were pushing hard for the leveller, with Brendan Rodgers deciding to bring in Mario Balotelli and play two strikers up front.

From the edge of the box, Jordan Henderson delivered a sublime dipping cross aimed at Sturridge. That was a beautiful pass from Henderson, but there was still much to do for Sturridge, who was being closely marked by a Crystal Palace defender.

Yet the English striker just firmly fixed his eyes on the ball, and struck a low volley. It was not an unstoppable strike, but the speed of Sturridge's action was so fast that Julian Speroni, Palace's keeper, could do nothing but pick up the ball from the net when Sturridge was getting away with his famous dancing celebration.

It was a great finish. And for a man who has been out for five months because of injuries, it was even more impressive.

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It was Sturridge's second goal following his return from injury. The striker actually needed just 12 minutes to scored his first of the two, in the 2-0 victory against West Ham on January 31.

His second came after three more matches. But Sturridge's scoring ratio is still very impressive, as he played a total of just 230 minutes in these five matches.

A recent statistics from @sportingintel showed that if we ranked strikers by their goals per game ratio, Sturridge would sit in third place, just behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The 25-year-old striker scored 38 goals in 57 games for Liverpool in all competitions since his transfer from Chelsea in January of 2013.

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It means that he's scored an average of 0.67 goals per game. Ronaldo's scoring ratio at Real Madrid is 1.03, while Messi's at Barcelona is 0.83.

Sturridge, when fit, simply bangs in the goals on a very regular basis. With him up front, a top four finish in Premier League, and some Cup silverware remains a serious possibility.

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