Daniel Sturridge has lit up Anfield in the last 18 months and become one of Brendan Rodgers’ star men. It took just seven minutes for him to open his Liverpool account against Mansfield in the FA Cup third-round in January 2013, and he bagged a goal on his league debut against Man Utd in a game Liverpool won 2-1. It couldn’t have started much better, and since then Sturridge hasn’t looked back. After 50 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions he has racked up a staggering 36 goals – the same record as John Aldridge – which makes you wonder what is really in those Teriyaki Subs.
Sturridge’s superhuman tally of 36 goals in his first 50 games puts him streaks ahead of Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Luis Suarez. It even puts Fernando Torres in the shade, despite the Spaniard racking up 34 goals in 50 games for Liverpool back when he was prolific in front of goal and gobbled up chances for fun.
Earlier this year Sturridge became the first Liverpool player in the Premier League era to bag a goal in seven consecutive games, and then after knocking in a brace in the following 4-3 win over Swansea, he became only the second Premier League player to score in eight games on the spin. It’s a remarkable record for the 24-year-old and gives England plenty more false optimism to bring into the next major tournament.
This season Dancing Danny opened his Premier League account with a late winner as Liverpool kicked off the campaign with a 2-1 win over their feeder club Southampton. On Monday night they travel to the home of the Champions, Manchester City, in the first heavy-hitting tie of the new term and Sturridge will tempt plenty of punters in at 13/2 to score the first goal of the game.
Sturridge has played at the Etihad Stadium just once for Liverpool and bagged the Reds’ first goal to cancel out Edin Dzeko’s opener in a 2-2 draw. The Liverpool hit-man is 16/5 to score Liverpool’s first goal or 9/5 to score at anytime in the game. If you’re feeling overly optimistic, four of Liverpool’s last six games with City have ended 2-2, and you can back Sturridge to get the opener and the game to end 2-2 at 60/1.
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