Daniel Sturridge's goal and class assist v Napoli that proves he's needed at Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge has not had the most productive of recent years when it comes to his time on the pitch.

A prolific scorer for the Reds between 2012 and 2014, the Birmingham-born striker has been plagued by injuries in recent years, which has saw game-time dry up.

Being sent out on loan in the second half of the 2018-19 Premier League season to West Bromwich Albion was supposed to give Sturridge a new lease of life in-front of goal.

Instead, it turned into a nightmare move.

A hamstring injury picked up just three appearances into the temporary switch against Chelsea kept Sturridge on the sideline, and ended his spell at The Hawthorns scoreless in six games.

Despite the lack of depth Jurgen Klopp possesses in the main striker role behind Roberto Firmino, with Danny Ings set for a departure and Dominic Solanke still unproven, rumours circulated that Sturridge could also be shown the door at Anfield.

But the 28-year-old has been given another chance by Klopp, and he's certainly repaid the faith shown in him in pre-season.

Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

Notching four goals in July against Chester, Blackburn Rovers and bitter rivals Manchester United, Sturridge entered the field against Napoli in Dublin in the second half - and made a huge impact.

Just 10 minutes after stepping on to the field to play alongside Xherdan Shaqiri and Mohamed Salah in attack, Sturridge slammed the ball home from the edge of the box to put the Reds 4-0 ahead against Carlo Ancelotti's outfit.

And just a few minutes later, he produced an absolutely stunning cross-field pass from his own half to find Alberto Moreno, who fired past former Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.

Everyone knew Sturridge had brilliant technical ability, but a pass like that in a game is nothing short of stupendous.

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Liverpool fans are warming to the idea of Sturridge playing a more crucial role in the squad this coming season, with European fixtures adding to the already busy domestic schedule.

And providing he stays injury-free, Sturridge could feel like a new signing as he continues his revitalisation.

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