Gauging Daniel Sturridge's Impact on Luis Suarez at Liverpool

John RichardsonCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates with a dance after scoring the fifth goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on February 17, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Daniel Sturridge's arrival during the January transfer window has provided much-needed depth and class to a wavering Liverpool offense.

The 23-year-old struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in his three-year stint at Chelsea, but has seemingly found his stride under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.

In Sturridge, Liverpool have acquired an all-action type of player. He works tirelessly off the ball, links up well with the attack and is lethal in and around the penalty area.

Five goals in just seven outings for the club is a testament to the Birmingham born striker's newly-found motivation.

One man who has probably benefited the most from Sturridge's resurgence is El Pistolero, Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan has been prolific this season, netting 25 goals in all competitions, but at times has looked in dire need of a proven strike partner.

While Raheem Sterling and Suso have certainly brought a feeling of youth and promise to the club, they haven't made very many contributions in the goalscoring department.

Just two to show for in their 48 combined appearances is a stat that neither they nor the coaching staff will be too happy about.

In addition to providing goals that the Kop so desperately craved, Sturridge has also managed to take a significant chunk of the pressure off the shoulders of Suarez.

At times this campaign, Luis has looked out of sorts and frustrated with the lack of assistance he has received from the rest of the squad.

Despite the club's historical prominence, it is currently not competing at a suitable level for someone of Suarez's caliber.

Another season with no Champions League would make it easy for most players to move on in search of greener pastures.

Providing the No. 7 with a top class, in-form international striker to pair up with, however, appears to have rejuvenated his passion for the game as well as for the club.


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