Daniel Sturridge is looking forward to the challenge of being Liverpool’s main centre forward following the departure of Luis Suarez this summer.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has predominantly used his preferred 4-3-3 formation during pre-season thus far and that looks like being the case for the 2014/15 season, meaning Sturridge will be the main man up front for The Reds.
Speaking about the partnership with Suarez last season, that fostered 52 goals between them in the Premier League, Sturridge said “It was a unique partnership, and I wish Luis all the best. We shared some good times together. We created history with our goals and became the most successful Liverpool partnership in one season.”
But the 24-year-old is now ready to step up in Suarez’s departure, much like the rest of the squad.
“In terms of next season for the goals, I’ll step up myself and everyone has to” said the England forward.
“It’s everyone’s job to do that, the new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. We will move forward as a team.”
Following the collapse of Loic Remy’s proposed move, Liverpool are left with only Sturridge, new signing Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini as their centre forward options – with the club having accepted a £14 million bid for Borini from Sunderland.
Where The Reds do have plenty of competition is in the wide forward areas in a front three, with Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Suso, Borini and youngster Jordon Ibe all capable of playing on the left or right of attack.
Clearly though, Rodgers wants to add another forward before the end of the transfer window and has been linked with Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette.