Daniel Sturridge - Player of the Week
Sturridge strikes to get Liverpool back to winning ways!
Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge, scored two quality goals at the weekend, to help Liverpool to a 3-2 win at home to Aston Villa. Sturridge's England teammate and former Villa player, James Milner, opened the scoring after only 66 seconds at Anfield. It was the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, but it was the only goal of the first half. The match sprang to life in the 59th minute, when Sturridge scored with a fantastic volley with the outside of his foot. Seven minutes later, Villa got a goal back when Rudy Gestede scored, but Liverpool scored just a minute later to make it 3-1. Sturridge played a lovely one-two with Philippe Coutinho and finished calmly when one on one with the goalkeeper. Gestede scored again a few minutes later to make it 3-2 and set up a tense finish, but Liverpool held on to win for the first time in five Premier League matches.
"Sturridge showed what we missed for over a year - he makes the difference and helps you compete. His finishes were brilliant." Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers.
What do we know about Daniel Sturridge?
Daniel Sturridge was born on 1 September 1989 in Birmingham, the second biggest city in the UK. He started his professional career with Manchester City and made his Premier League debut against Reading in 2007. In three seasons with City, Sturridge made only 32 appearances, and in 2009, he moved to Chelsea. In four seasons with the Blues, Sturridge scored 24 goals in 96 appearances, and won the Premier League (2009/10), the Champions League (2011/12) and the FA Cup twice (2010 & 2012). In January 2013, Sturridge made the move to Liverpool for a transfer fee of around £12 million. Sturridge's partnership with Luis Suarez in attack was an immediate success and nearly took Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2013/14. Sturridge and Suarez scored an amazing 55 goals between them. Since that amazing season, Sturridge has had problems with injury and only made 12 Premier League appearances last season.
"His quality is amazing -- he can score goals, and that's what we were struggling with" Lucas Leiva talking about Daniel Sturridge after the Liverpool-Villa match.
Is football a dangerous game?
Daniel Sturridge is one of the best strikers in the Premier League, but he has had lots of problems with injuries and has just returned to action after five months out of action with an injured hip. He had surgery in the USA in May and hopefully he'll stay injury free for a while now. There have already been a couple of bad injuries this season. Manchester Utd's Luke Shaw broke his leg in two places, in a recent Champions League game and Bournemouth's Callum Wilson ruptured his knee ligaments, after a great start to the season. Both players will be out of action for at least 6 months. Both of these injuries used to mean the end of a player's career, but these days players can often be back in training just a few months later. Some players, currently in the Premier League, have returned after horrific injuries. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey broke his leg in two places when playing against Stoke City and Petr Cech suffered a horrible head injury when playing for Chelsea and still wears a protective helmet today. One of the unluckiest players, however, has to be the ex-Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby. He spent 9 years with Arsenal and in this time suffered 42 injuries, which meant over four years of his time at the club was spent in the treatment room!
Are players the same when they return from bad injuries?
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Did you know......?
- Daniel Sturridge was top scorer for Great Britain at the London Olympics.
- Sturridge's grandparents are from Jamaica.
- Sturridge was voted Young Player of the Year when he was at Manchester City.
- Sturridge has a better goalscoring ratio record at Liverpool than both Suarez and Torres.
- Sturridge is the best dancer in the Premier League :)
What do you think?
Daniel Sturridge's career has been badly affected by injuries.
Do you think a player is the same after a bad injury?
Do you know any players whose career was ended by injury?
Have you ever suffered a bad injury?