Simon Mignolet has continued a trend that has seen new praise for Daniel Sturridge emerge on a daily basis since the forward’s eye-opening performance against West Ham.
The striker was in refreshingly inspired form as he helped drive Liverpool to a 4-0 win inside the London Stadium to move the Reds three points away from a place in next season’s Champions League.
Teammates and fans have since paid tribute to Sturridge’s talent with his display forcing many to fear what a mistake letting him leave this summer could prove to be.
Mignolet is the latest to turn a focus towards the forward’s influence in a potent attacking setup against West Ham, recognising how helpful Sturridge’s presence was to his strike partner on the day.
“It was a very attacking line up with Daniel, Divock, Adam and Phil in it,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“But we clicked and created a lot of chances. With Daniel, there’s no discussion to be had about the ability that he’s got.”
“You see how calm he stays in front of goal, going around the keeper to make it 1-0. He brings a real threat into the team and opponents have to adapt to that.”
“They didn’t just have to look out for one striker up there. Divock was able to use Daniel’s presence to create chances himself. They can work well together.”
So much admiration for Sturridge seems long overdue and a nice boost for the man himself given what a torrid time he has had with recurring injuries.
Sunday was a reminder of what an elite star his talent makes him, making his lack of playing time all the more frustrating. The possibility of him leaving is incredibly hard to accept after seeing him play as though he had never been out of action.
Is there a future for him at Liverpool? Let’s hope so.