What happened to Daniel Sturridge?

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One of my most favourite ever strikers that wore the shirt for me. That's saying something considering Fowler, Owen, Suarez, Torres, Salah, etc. I just loved watching him play in full flow and had the celebration to match (it annoyed the feck out of oppo fans so you knew it was perfect!).

If he stayed fit after Suarez left we wouldn't have bought Benteke (shame on you Brendan :( ) and Rodgers would have won the league. Suarez was phenomenal but Sturridge was no poor seconds. Just a shame injuries took everything from him, and us.
 

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I’d say the mental toll of those injuries weighed heavy on him too.
 

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Genuinely class for about 12 months after signing for pool. Him and Suarez tore it up. That was just him realising the potential that everyone thought he had in him, you don’t play for Chelsea, City and Liverpool without having something about you. Remember him and Wilshere bossing it at Bolton when they were about 20?
 

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Absolutely no chance were Liverpool winning the league after Suarez left whether Sturridge was fit or not
 

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Absolutely no chance were Liverpool winning the league after Suarez left whether Sturridge was fit or not
Wouldn't have taken a rocket scientist to work that out. We didn't win the league that year because we conceeded 50 goals in 38 games. When we were having to score 6 to beat the likes of Cardiff, we were not getting anywhere close to a league title once those goals from Suarez had gone
 

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One of my most favourite ever strikers that wore the shirt for me. That's saying something considering Fowler, Owen, Suarez, Torres, Salah, etc. I just loved watching him play in full flow and had the celebration to match (it annoyed the feck out of oppo fans so you knew it was perfect!).

If he stayed fit after Suarez left we wouldn't have bought Benteke (shame on you Brendan :( ) and Rodgers would have won the league. Suarez was phenomenal but Sturridge was no poor seconds. Just a shame injuries took everything from him, and us.
with that cheesy leaky defense and average goalie, you won't have won anything. Your midfield wasn't any special either.
 

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I think the impact of constant muscle injuries is underrated in this forum. Especially players that rely on that burst of speed, not everyone can adapt like Giggs. The only players I know who maintained a great careers dispite the constant muscle injuries is Robben and Giggs .
So, true. A series of injuries, one after another following lengthy rehabilitation, constantly had setbacks, this is a huge mental struggle. Most people won’t make it.
 

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One of my most favourite ever strikers that wore the shirt for me. That's saying something considering Fowler, Owen, Suarez, Torres, Salah, etc. I just loved watching him play in full flow and had the celebration to match (it annoyed the feck out of oppo fans so you knew it was perfect!).

If he stayed fit after Suarez left we wouldn't have bought Benteke (shame on you Brendan :( ) and Rodgers would have won the league. Suarez was phenomenal but Sturridge was no poor seconds. Just a shame injuries took everything from him, and us.
:lol::lol:

Liverpool finished 25 points behind Chelsea year after Suarez left.

You really think healthy Sturridge would give you 25+ points by himself so that Liverpool would win the league? :houllier:
 

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He was world class, or well on his way to it, before the injuries halted his career. Massive shame. Lovely player to watch and seems like a very decent fella.
 

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Interested why it didn't work out at Chelsea. He showed some promise at Man. City and Chelsea signed him pretty young and then he didn't get much chance for two years but the loan to Bolton in 10/11 really kicked him on, joined them in January 2011 and scored 8 league goals in just 12 games.

Came back to Chelsea in 2011/12 and was actually regular starter under AVB, had 9 league goals by the December. Then change was made and seems Di Matteo didn't rate him one little bit, only played 8 minutes in CL after the Napoli second leg which he started and he wasn't injured as he was playing in the dead rubber prem games around that period.

Probably best he moved on for Chelsea in January 2013 as about as far away from Mourinho forward you can get so wouldn't have lasted long in his second spell.

Went to Liverpool and scored 10 league goals in half a season before his career best in 2013/14.

He always seemed to be desperate to play as the CF but I think he was more effective playing wider in the front 3 as 13/14 showed. Last few years it's been all about the injuries. People forget West Brom took him on loan in January 2018 to keep them up but he played about two games for them so that's probably why prem clubs aren't interested anymore although think he'd be a decent option for Fulham given they still lack a ruthless finisher in their squad.
 

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One of my most favourite ever strikers that wore the shirt for me. That's saying something considering Fowler, Owen, Suarez, Torres, Salah, etc. I just loved watching him play in full flow and had the celebration to match (it annoyed the feck out of oppo fans so you knew it was perfect!).

If he stayed fit after Suarez left we wouldn't have bought Benteke (shame on you Brendan :( ) and Rodgers would have won the league. Suarez was phenomenal but Sturridge was no poor seconds. Just a shame injuries took everything from him, and us.
Sure :lol:
 

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Back in 2018 / 2019 he played 27 games for Liverpool... I hadn't really though about it but he's fallen a long way very quickly!

He's still only 31 so I wouldn't be surprised to see somebody pick him up on a free and see if he's still got something to offer... could be a good option for Leicester off the bench?

But if he wants to play regularly I guess lower level Premier league or a championship club ... or perhaps rangers with Gerrard?
 

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Great player if he could’ve just stayed fit.
 

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One of my most favourite ever strikers that wore the shirt for me. That's saying something considering Fowler, Owen, Suarez, Torres, Salah, etc. I just loved watching him play in full flow and had the celebration to match (it annoyed the feck out of oppo fans so you knew it was perfect!).

If he stayed fit after Suarez left we wouldn't have bought Benteke (shame on you Brendan :( ) and Rodgers would have won the league. Suarez was phenomenal but Sturridge was no poor seconds. Just a shame injuries took everything from him, and us.
:lol: I’ll have what you’re having
 

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He had a fantastic left peg but he never quite rounded off the flaws in his game before injuries overtook him.

Back in 2018 / 2019 he played 27 games for Liverpool... I hadn't really though about it but he's fallen a long way very quickly!

He's still only 31 so I wouldn't be surprised to see somebody pick him up on a free and see if he's still got something to offer... could be a good option for Leicester off the bench?

But if he wants to play regularly I guess lower level Premier league or a championship club ... or perhaps rangers with Gerrard?
We've already got our expert-finisher-to-come-off-the-bench role covered in Defoe.
 

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I’d say the mental toll of those injuries weighed heavy on him too.
This, more than anything. He started getting injured so often he stopped trusting his own body, and at that point he stopped being a top level footballer

Pity because he was one of the most gifted strikers of his(this) era. Loved watching him in full flow in 13/14, Suarez stole the show but he was a top 10 player in the world as well, imo
 

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On a weekday in 2010 I saw Daniel Sturridge near the Chelsea store in Kingston. I went in there and asked the staff if there had been some sort of event with the players. One replied "Dan just likes to come in the store unannounced and act the big man. He does it a lot".
 

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So... he has injury problems and is going to play in a league where referees are very much lennient on rough tackles...
 

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Crazy how he went from being one of the most promising talents around, and an almost league winning striker, to not being able to find a club and ending up in Australia. This is why you can never ever fault a player for looking out for their best interests when it comes to contracts and wages.
 

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Crazy how he went from being one of the most promising talents around, and an almost league winning striker, to not being able to find a club and ending up in Australia. This is why you can never ever fault a player for looking out for their best interests when it comes to contracts and wages.
..except when it's Phil Jones.
 

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I never saw it with him. He was brilliant for one season when defenders spent most of their time worrying about Suarez and left him space he would never normally get. Once Suarez was gone so was his purple patch. Outside of that one season 11 goals was the best return he ever had.
 

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One of my most favourite ever strikers that wore the shirt for me. That's saying something considering Fowler, Owen, Suarez, Torres, Salah, etc. I just loved watching him play in full flow and had the celebration to match (it annoyed the feck out of oppo fans so you knew it was perfect!).

If he stayed fit after Suarez left we wouldn't have bought Benteke (shame on you Brendan :( ) and Rodgers would have won the league. Suarez was phenomenal but Sturridge was no poor seconds. Just a shame injuries took everything from him, and us.
League + CL double you mean
 

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..except when it's Phil Jones.
Giving Jones a contract was definitely a mistake, but that's on the club, not the player. Can't be upset with the player for looking after their own interests.
 

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Giving Jones a contract was definitely a mistake, but that's on the club, not the player. Can't be upset with the player for looking after their own interests.
Sure, was only joking anyway.
 

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Without injuries, whose ceiling was higher, Sturridge or Phil Jones? Obviously lots of guesswork here and we can’t know for sure, but curious what people think.
 

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Without injuries, whose ceiling was higher, Sturridge or Phil Jones? Obviously lots of guesswork here and we can’t know for sure, but curious what people think.
I give it to Sturridge because we got a view of what he could be in that 1 season with Liverpool.
 

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I imagine he'll score plenty in Aus if he can stay fit?
 

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Overrated.

Good striker of a ball and because of that he would shoot from stupid positions didn't have much else that was special about him.
 

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Crazy how he went from being one of the most promising talents around, and an almost league winning striker, to not being able to find a club and ending up in Australia. This is why you can never ever fault a player for looking out for their best interests when it comes to contracts and wages.
Still, worse ways to spend your days than living in Australia no doubt earning in excess of 100k a year.
 

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Real shame about his career though. I hope he is able to sustain himself for the rest of his life. These footballers have very short careers.
Given that he was probably earning quite a lot more in a week than most people do in a year, I'm pretty sure he'll be ok..