There was once a time when heading a ball was one of the primary skills required of any half-decent centre-forward, but with the game played on the floor more and more, it’s arguably less important.
The likes of Alan Shearer, John Hartson and other old school Premier League forwards scored as many goals with their heads as their feet, but Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is a modern forward in that his technical skills are superb, but his aerial ability less so.
He did however notch a tasty headed goal for England against Malta at the weekend, claiming it’s a skill he thinks he’s finally nailing.
Sturridge told FATV, cited by Liverpool’s official website: “I don’t score a lot of headers but over the last couple of years I’ve actually started scoring them more often – so I think I might be getting the knack for it. But I don’t want to talk too soon!”
Liverpool don’t deliver many crosses from deep, but do occasionally lift the ball to the back stick when at the byline. Our most notable headed goal under Jurgen Klopp came against Borussia Dortmund, when Dejan Lovren bagged at the death and it’s this kind of goal which will hopefully become commonplace with Sturridge and his Liverpool team-mates!
In truth though, we don’t mind how the striker is scoring, so long as he is. With Adam Lallana expected to miss the Manchester United game, Sturridge will be hoping for selection as the centre-forward.