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The player has been excellent for the Reds so far

Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £12 million, signing a long term contract in 2013. Since then he has scored 67 goals in 140 appearances for the club.

The 28 year old was pivotal for the Premier League giants during his first season and formed an impressive partnership with Luis Suarez. He helped the team to finish 2nd in the league and was the runner-up for the Premier League golden boot.

But the Striker managed to score only 3 goals last season before moving to West Bromich Albion on a loan deal for the rest of the season in January. He failed to score any goals for the Baggies and his loan spell ended in relegation from the Premier League.

The England International was heavily linked with an exit before transfer deadline but Jurgen Klopp decided to keep hold of him after an impressive pre-season tour.

The player has been excellent so far for the Reds this season, scoring 4 goals in 7 appearances across all competitions. He scored against his former club Chelsea in the dying moments on Saturday as the match ended in 1-1, as the club are still undefeated in the Premier League.

Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy claims Sturridge is the best second striker in the Premier League and could be the difference for the club in the title race.

“If Daniel Sturridge is fit, he’s a good as there is in the Premier League,” said the former Reds midfielder, speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White.

“He’s a natural finisher, he scores all types of goals and what he’s got that most other forwards haven’t is total self-belief. He’s so capable. He’s a match-winner and a sensational player.

“For me, he’s the best second striker in the Premier League by a mile.

“Gabriel Jesus has dipped a bit and you could argue Marcus Rashford maybe, but he’s not as naturally gifted a goalscorer as Sturridge in the box.

“If Liverpool can keep Sturridge fit and keep him happy, by giving him plenty of minutes off the bench and get him starting in certain games in the league and cups, he could be the difference.

“He’ll get 20 goals this season if he gets the games.

“He’s got 67 goals in 140 games for Liverpool – there are not many strikers with a better strike rate, and he’s not first choice!

“You shouldn’t really be sitting on the bench anywhere with that strike rate.

“But if they keep using him in the way they are, with how fit and hungry he looks, Liverpool are going to be there or thereabouts. He could well be the difference for Liverpool [in the title race].

“I still fancy Man City, they have got a load of players who can score those goals as well, but I just think Sturridge gives Liverpool an extra string to their bow.

“Klopp has got a wonderful headache at the moment. Shaqiri looks sharp and Sturridge is chomping at the bit, and that’s only going to push the other players to keep performing.”

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