‘I want to keep scoring for Liverpool!’ – Daniel Sturridge

first_img1 Sturridge has a better Premier League strike rate than the likes of Suarez, Torres, Henry and Drogba Not satisfied with being better than Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists he ‘can perform a lot better’ and will look to improve his already impressive strike rate for the Reds after fighting back to fitness.The England striker has endured a frustrating few years at Anfield, having been restricted to just 81 appearances in four seasons due to constant injury troubles.But he has taken little time to get back to scoring ways after recovering from his latest set-back, with the 25-year-old scoring three goals in his last five starts – his latest in the 4-1 Premier League win over Stoke.That header took Sturridge’s tally to 48 goals in 68 league matches – a better strike rate than the likes of Torres, Suarez, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Didier Drogba, and only bettered by Sergio Aguero.And Sturridge is confident he can maintain and even improve his lethal goal rate for the Reds.“That’s the standard that I set, probably a bit better than that, hopefully I’ll be able to continue,” he said ahead of the Anfield clash against Klopp’s former side.“I know I can perform a lot better than I am now but it’s just that fitness and the repetition of playing 90 minutes is important as well.“It’s never easy to score in every game so I can’t really set myself that standard but I think being better than one in two is where you want to really be at.“One in two is a good strike rate but I’m hard on myself so I don’t want to settle for that.”Despite his recent form, however, Sturridge is not guaranteed a place in Liverpool’s starting XI against Borussia Dortmund in their Europa League quarter-final second leg at Anfield on Thursday night.He was left on the bench for the game in Germany as manager Klopp favoured Divock Origi, who followed up his goal at Signal Iduna Park with two in Sunday’s substitute appearance against Stoke.The quarter-final tie is delicately poised at 1-1 ahead of Thursday’s second leg.Dortmund know they have to score – which is likely to be less of a problem for a side which has found the net 119 times already this season – but as Anfield prepares for another famous European night, Sturridge insists the occasion will not faze him and his team-mate.“It’s going to be a great occasion, not just for the players but the fans, for everyone who isn’t involved with Liverpool as well – they’ll enjoy the match,” he added.“It’s one of those occasions where you just soak it all up, enjoy it, embrace it, have fun; that’s what you live for.“It’s just going to be a great night for everyone, and you can’t let nerves get the better of you.”last_img

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