Daniel Sturridge's confirmed stay a huge positive after a difficult few years for Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge has been a source of frustration for Liverpool fans in recent years. The Englishman's various and untimely injuries over the past 12-18 months have driven supporters to despair, wondering if they will ever see him at his best again.

The striker has kept to himself in the main, rarely giving interviews or an insight into his happiness at Anfield.

Such silence has seen fans call for his departure and reports suggest a fresh start away from Merseyside could potentially be on the cards.


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However, much to the delight of all those involved with the club, Sturridge confirmed last week that his future very much remains at Liverpool - a huge positive to the club's aspirations.

It's been a difficult period for the Reds since coming up short of the elusive Premier League title they so badly craved in 2014, especially so after their Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester City on Sunday after penalties.

The departures of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, alongside Brendan Rodgers' sacking last year, meant that previous optimism has recently been replaced by a sense of realism regarding their prospects, both in the Premier League and Europe.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has only worked with Sturridge on a handful of occasions since taking over, but when he's been given the chance to do so, it's largely proved successful.

It's no coincidence that two of Liverpool's better performances this season, against Southampton in the Capital One Cup and Aston Villa on February 14, came with Sturridge in the side.

Two tidy finishes against the Saints and a smart header at Villa Park epitomised the England international's eye for goal when given half a chance, his side scoring six in either fixture.

Regardless of the fact Liverpool sit ninth in the Premier League and nine points off a Champions League place, the Merseysiders remain one of the most feared opponents in England's top-flight when going forward - and Sturridge is largely to thank for that.

There will always be a worry about Sturridge's injury niggles coming back to haunt him once again, but Liverpool fans will do so knowing he's happy and committed to the cause at Anfield. His return gives them reason to be positive about what the future holds.

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