Rodgers hails Sturridge for breaking records at Liverpool
Liverpool manager was all praise for Daniel Sturridge after the striker enlisted himself in the group of players that have scored 20 goals in a Premier League season for Liverpool. The England international continued with his stunning run of form by scoring a goal against Sunderland in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Anfield on Wednesday.
Sturridge is only the fourth Liverpool player to have reached this landmark in the Premier League era. Before him Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez were the only three forwards to have scored more than 20 goals under a Reds jersey.
Suarez, who has already scored 28 goals for Liverpool this season, has formed a deadly partnership with Liverpool this season. This is the first time since 1963-64 that two players from Liverpool have reached the 20 goal mark in the league.
Other milestones have also been reached by Sturridge. The goal against Sunderland was Sturridge’s 30th Premier League goal since being signed in from Chelsea in January 2013. The 24-year-old has achieved this record in only 37 games, which makes him the fastest Liverpool player to reach the 30-goal mark in 119 years.
Prior to Sturridge’s record, George Allan became Liverpool’s fastest player to score 30 goals in 1896. Rodgers is lauded Sturridge for his brilliant run of form and hopes he carries out with his deadly form alongside Suarez.
“It is a wonderful achievement from Daniel,” Rodgers said. “Since January when he came in he has been exceptional. He probably wasn’t at the top of his game [in the first half] so it was nice he comes out and gets his goal. Brilliant.
“Him and Luis, I don’t see them as a pair, they are both soloists, they have different qualities. Long may it continue that they carry on scoring goals.”
Victory over Sunderland was Liverpool’s seventh successive league win, something the Merseyside club hasn’t accomplished since 2006. Rodgers believes it is an “incredible achievement” and Liverpool well-deserve the second spot on the table.
“Seven wins in a row is incredible at this level where teams are so competitive. It is a huge credit to the players,” Rodgers said. “I felt this second part of the season we would become stronger because of the nature of our game. Tonight there were long spells where we were very good. As the season goes on, we will embrace the pressure and enjoy it.”