The England international scored an early contender for goal of the season this evening in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
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With two minutes of normal time left on the clock, Sturridge – who was sent out on loan last season – beat new Blues stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga from fully thirty yards with a wicked left-foot drive, which whipped into the top corner.
Sturridge’s fourth goal of the season rescued a point for Jurgen Klopp’s men, who were minutes away from suffering a second defeat to the west Londoners in the space of four days.
An elated Sturridge said: “It was a good goal, the boys worked tirelessly throughout the game and we were unlucky not to score in the first half.
“I’d like to think I’ve scored better goals but probably not. This one was a nice goal. It was all about getting the result.
“It’s a team game and I just give my best every minute I get. It’s important to keep pushing forward and have a positive outlook on how things are going.”
Sturridge’s strike was his 50th in the league for the Reds, a goal which saw him become the seventh player to reach that benchmark for the Merseysiders.
Klopp has been thrilled with Sturridge’s performances and attitude since arriving back at Anfield from West Brom and believes his time in the Black Country did him the world of good.
“Daniel has always been in my thoughts, but he was never able to prove it [before West Brom loan],” the German said.
“We thought West Brom was a good idea for him to get minutes under his belt again, and when he came back, he was an option for us.
“It has paid off for him, it’s nice and absolutely deserved.”
On the result, Klopp said: “What a game, a spectacular football game. It was so deserved for Daniel, a really nice moment and I’m so happy for him.
“I think we made one mistake in the game leading to their goal. It’s difficult.
“We had chances, we played fantastic football. I love to win, but getting a point at Chelsea is good anyway. You can see how good Chelsea are but it’s nice to see it again.
“I know we deserved that point at least so I’m happy with that.”
Liverpool will be back in action on Wednesday night, travelling to Naples to take on Napoli in their second Champions League game of the season.