The last few weeks have a seen a refreshing change in agenda with regards to the discussion surrounding Daniel Sturridge.
Finally the Reds forward has been the subject of high praise from the media and fans as opposed to the usual debate surrounding whether or not he is suited to Jurgen Klopp’s team.
His goal in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Stoke unearthed the footballing world’s admiration for his talent and reminded all of how important he can still be for Liverpool’s season.
A striker of his class deserves to be spoken about for his quality rather than what he supposedly doesn’t offer.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Sturridge said: “The most important thing is that I keep my mindset as positive as possible.”
“It’s a team game at the end of the day – everyone is going to be needed in the squad. I’ve not had any issues or problems within the camp.”
“I’m enjoying my football and when I get my minutes I focus myself, and if I’m not in the team I stay positive and give my input when I can.”
“We never give up, we keep going throughout the game and we know that the hard work is going to pay off at some point. That’s the most important thing for us.”
“It’s nice to play and score goals. It’s important that the team keeps going and puts the pressure on.”
Sturridge is so often questioned for his ability to fit Klopp’s style yet it seems clear that he works with the mentality and the attitude that the manager demands. In this respect, he is suited to life under Klopp just as much as most of his teammates.
It has become clearer in reason months that he is more prepared for the fight and the hard work that it takes to break into a competitive Liverpool side.
Get used to seeing that famous dance again, Reds. We’re sure yesterday won’t be the last time we see it this season.