Daniel Sturridge had a 24th Birthday that most people can only dream about on Sunday - scoring the winning goal for Liverpool against arch rivals, and current Premier League champions, Manchester United.
Sturridge is proving that he can be one of the best strikers in the Premier League by scoring in all three games so far this season. He looks to be the real deal and hopefully he is finally realising his potential.
Luis Suarez's absence has certainly helped Sturridge to be the focal point of the team and he has taken his chance with both hands. Liverpool have put their faith in a player who at all his previous clubs, including Chelsea, was often played in wide positions rather than his preferred central role.
Have his previous clubs missed a trick or have Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers given the youngster a confidence boost?
Chelsea, despite their wealth of talent, must be looking at Sturridge and wondering why they let him go for a bargain price of approximately £12m. Thye probably believed they had negotiated a good deal but I doubt that now.
Can Sturridge follow in the footsteps of prolific Liverpool strikers like Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler?
Sturridge has played just 17 league games for Liverpool but has already scored 13 goals and is becoming a firm favourite with the Anfield faithful. In total he has notched 16 goals in 20 competitive appearances.
His goal against Manchester United on Sunday meant that he has the ability to score goals in big games, a trait that is very rare and a commodity that is priceless in world football. He will need to do this regularly if he is to be regarded as a great Liverpool player.
It will be tough competition this season to remain in the race for the Premier League's top scorer award with established stars such as Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez sure to be in contention.
Add to this the stars of last year's Premier League - Michu and Christian Benteke - alongside newcomers Negredo and Soldado - Sturridge will need to retain his form and fitness for what will be a very demanding season.
Hopefully Liverpool will continue to play Sturridge in his preferred position but will the return of Suarez and the signing of Victor Moses from Chelsea on a season long loan affect his from? Only time will tell.
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