Wednesday 21 March 2018

Shocking Daniel Sturridge goal stat that will embarrass Wayne Rooney

Daniel Sturridge and (right) Wayne Rooney
Daniel Sturridge and (right) Wayne Rooney
Alberto Moreno celebrates with Daniel Sturridge after scoring the third goal for Liverpool Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Simon Rice

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored a brace last night to remind everyone, in particular his new manager Jurgen Klopp, why he's been so missed.

The forward, starting for the first time since early October, put two past Southampton in an impressive 6-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final win.

The goals took Sturridge's tally for the season to four from five games, yet more incredibly took him past Wayne Rooney's number of domestic goals. The Manchester United captain has scored just three, despite playing 15 domestic games this term.

It is a stat that will not have gone unnoticed by England manager Roy Hodgson as he weighs up his options ahead of next summer's Euro 2016 tournament. With his skipper struggling for goals at club level, there will be growing concerns that he is not the Three Lions' most effective option to lead the line.

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Should Sturridge maintain his fitness, he would likely force his way back into Hodgson's reckoning, whilst Harry Kane has shown consistency after a slow start and Jamie Vardy has been nothing short of sensational for Leicester. Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is also expected to return to the fray early in the New Year.

peaking after last night's Liverpool match, Klopp joked of Sturridge: "I said to him after the game, 'Now I know what everybody is talking about’. I knew about his quality, but not live in a stadium, in an important tournament."

(© Independent News Service)

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