It’s official: Daniel Sturridge is on fire.
His rocket against Chelsea was a stunning strike – quite possibly his best ever in a red shirt – and it is great to see him fit and firing.
But there’s one stat that sums up Sturridge’s season so far better than any other – it only takes him 12 minutes on average in the Premier League to get on the scoresheet. Tottenham’s Erik Lamela is next with 34 minutes between goals this season.
Absolutely gone at Sturridge being on 12 minutes per goal pic.twitter.com/CgrsAqozTO
— Shane (@Blame_Suarez) September 29, 2018
Having come off the bench against both West Ham and Chelsea in the league to score almost with his first touch on both occasions, Sturridge has established himself as a crucial member of the squad when it comes to popping up with vital goals.
Having a weapon like that to call upon when Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino are not firing is what makes a title-winning team.
This squad now has the strength in depth to really challenge – and with someone of Sturridge’s class only making the bench regularly, it shows how far the team has come under Jurgen Klopp.