Daniel Sturridge might have his fitness issues but, when fit, there are few better strikers in the Premier League.
The England international made his first start for Liverpool since December against Aston Villa on Sunday and scored after just 16 minutes.
That was Sturridge’s 38th goal for Liverpool in just 61 appearances - but how do his stats compare with other great Anfield strikers of the past?
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The Liverpool Echo have published a list of current and former Reds’ stars with the best goals-per-games ratio in the Premier League era and the results are rather interesting.
Sturridge is third on the list with a goals-per-game ratio of 0.623 - scroll down to see the rest of the top five.
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5. Robbie Fowler (Goals-per-game ratio: 0.481)
In fifth place, it’s Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler - one of the most naturally gifted strikers of the Premier League era.
Nicknamed ‘God’ by the Anfield faithful, the Toxteth-born forward enjoyed two spells with the Merseyside outfit and is now the club’s sixth all-time leading goalscorer after Steven Gerrard leapfrogged him last year.
4. Michael Owen (Goals-per-game ratio: 0.546)
Michael Owen was prolific at Liverpool, hence why he won the Ballon d’Or award in 2001 and secured a move to Real Madrid three years later.
The retired striker, who also spent several years with rivals Manchester United before retirement, scored 118 goals in 216 Premier League appearances - giving him a goals-per-game ratio of 0.546.
3. Daniel Sturridge (Goals-per-game ratio: 0.623)
A few eyebrows were raised when Liverpool forked out £12 million to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea in January 2013, but it proved to be a masterstroke by Brendan Rodgers.
The England international was magnificent for the Reds in his first season-and-a-half at Anfield before the injury problems started during the 2014-15 campaign.
Jurgen Klopp will be desperately hoping the striker can remain fit between now and the end of the season.
2. Luis Suarez (Goals-per-game ratio: 0.627)
It’s hard to believe now but there was a time when Luis Suarez’s credentials as a striker were questioned.
The Uruguayan forward - now arguably one of the top three players in the world - was a little rash and unconvincing in front of goal when he first arrived at Liverpool from Ajax.
But he went on to become the Premier League’s best forward - and he’s taken his game to a whole new level since joining Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
1. Fernando Torres (Goals-per-game ratio: 0.637)
Fernando Torres was magnificent for Liverpool and it’s still a shame how things ended between him and the English club.
He didn’t feel like Liverpool could match his ambition and subsequently moved to Chelsea, where his career spiralled.
Torres has not been the same player since - but he will always have fond memories of his time at Anfield.
Liverpool fans: which of the five players above was the best striker for the Reds? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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