Little over two months ago, a number of reports in the British media claimed Daniel Sturridge was preparing to quit Liverpool if criticism from the fans continued.
The England international had once again spent the majority of the campaign sidelined with injuries and even drew perceived criticism from Jurgen Klopp, who told him to learn what "serious pain" really felt like.
Now, however, it has all changed. Sturridge has hit three goals in his last four appearances for the Reds and has even beaten Luis Suarez to a significant milestone.
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Sturridge emerged off the bench to replace the injured Divock Origi in Wednesday night's Merseyside derby and quickly got himself on the scoresheet. It was Liverpool's third of the night and Sturridge's 50th for the club.
He reached the milestone in just 87 Liverpool appearances, beating a host of Liverpool goal-scoring legends including Suarez (91 appearances), John Aldridge (92), Michael Owen (93), Robbie Fowler (94) and Kenny Dalglish (99).
In fact, Sturridge is behind just three players in Liverpool's history; Albert Stubbins (77), Roger Hunt (79) and Fernando Torres (84).
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Having arrived from Chelsea in January 2013, Sturridge quickly started to fulfill his promise. He scored 11 goals in 16 appearances between January and the rest of that season and followed up that campaign with another 24 goals in 34 games.
Then the injury problems hit. Sturridge was limited to just 18 appearances for the Reds last season as he struggled to cope with a number of issues. Those problems have continued this season and he has just 11 Premier League appearances to his name.
However, his form has never dropped and he has scored seven goals in those 11 games as well as three more in cup competitions.
Despite the obvious temptation to start him in every game, Klopp has admitted that he will give Sturridge plenty of time to fully regain full fitness before doing so.
“If you think Daniel Sturridge can play from the first to the last minute in the last nine games, fine,” Klopp told reporters.
“Yes, he is in brilliant shape. I know it. The best thing for us, for him and for England for the European Championships is to keep him in the best shape since I have been here.
“Now we can say ‘Oh my God, Daniel is back, let’s push him through all these games!’ Yeah? If you think that is right, write it. If not, don’t ask me anymore. We will do what we think.
“But still, after this long period, you cannot use him as an orange and take each little bit of the juice.”
Taking the heat off of Sturridge may get harder now though as Origi's ankle injury threatens to rule him out for the rest of the season.
The Belgian was on the receiving end of a horror tackle from Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori, who received a red card for his troubles.
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