Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said his superb start to the season was helped by some advice given to him by ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
On Saturday, Liverpool’s strikers SAS – Sturridge and Suarez – again impressed as they guided their side to a 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. Sturridge scored just the one sublime goal opposed to Suarez’s excellent hat-trick, but he has now scored eight in the Premier League this season, more than anybody else.
It led to comparisons and debates over whether SAS were better than Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. The assumption was that right now, the two Liverpool strikers are indeed the best strike partnership in the league if not the world.
Sturridge, who has ten goals overall in all competitions has said his form is partly down to some advice from ex-teammate Didier Drogba. The 24-year-old said in The Sunday Times that Didier told him: ‘The strongest thing an individual can have is the mental strength.’
Drogba is proven at having this as he kept his calm to slot home the final penalty in Chelsea’s Champions League penalty-shootout win over Bayern Munich. Drogba went on to say: ‘It’s not about the tactical, it’s not about the technical, it’s not about the physical. If you believe in yourself, that will set you apart.’
Sturridge clearly already as the technical and physical now it seems, but for someone who once promised so much as a youngster he is now finally delivering. He is believing in himself and that is allowing him to reach his potential. As well as Sturridge believing in himself, his manager Brendan Rodgers has also placed his confidence in the striker. Sturridge was mainly used from the bench before arriving at Liverpool, but at Anfield he has firmly cemented his place in the starting XI.
With the advice from Drogba clearly helping, experienced members of the Liverpool squad should also be there to help out Sturridge to allow him to further progress. Steven Gerrard has been there and done it, and many players will look up to him. As a club and international teammate the former Chelsea and Manchester City striker should ask for advice from his captain.
His progress in 2013 has been superb, and Liverpool and England fans will be hoping it continues for a long time.