There were few better sights at the London Stadium on Sunday than Daniel Sturridge once again breaking into the familiar celebratory dance Reds have waited so long to see.
A 4-0 thrashing at the home of West Ham was made all the more pleasing by an all-action Sturridge in full flow for the first time in a while and looking as sharp as he has been in months.
Supporters left overjoyed thanks to not only the result but an energetic, determined and inspired performance from the striker. His display has once again swayed many towards debating whether Liverpool would be making a mistake to let him go.
His influence came as a frustrating reminder of what a gifted forward he truly is and, for this reason, just how cruel his constant injury setbacks have been. He could be the 20-goal-a-season striker Liverpool want, if only his body allowed it.
The return of Liverpool’s clinical attacking football saw Sturridge moving freely, breaking out into sprints and working hard to retain the ball. All of which many doubted he was capable of doing.
He became one of the team’s technicians when dropping deeper to pick up the ball, he stretched the opposition defence with runs into the channels and made himself an option in behind, which led to him opening the scoring 10 minutes from half time.
There was an assertiveness and an intelligence that portrayed him as one of the team’s leaders and one of the experienced players capable of dealing with the pressure. An outing that is sure to set up an interesting few weeks in terms of deciding where his future lies.