Daniel Sturridge‘s stunner at Chelsea was his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool, with a number of other beauties scored along the way.
Sturridge’s Reds career has experienced a surprise, but hugely pleasing, turnaround, after it looked like his days at Anfield were numbered.
The 29-year-old had a strong pre-season, looking fitter than he has at any point during Jurgen Klopp‘s tenure and he has scored four goals in seven games so far this season.
Sturridge’s change in fortunes were highlighted by his late equaliser at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, earning Liverpool a precious point and keeping up their unbeaten league run.
The crucial Chelsea strike was the 50th time he has scored in the league for Liverpool and every goal has been documented in a new video released on the club’s YouTube channel.
It all started with a poacher’s finish away to Man United—not a bad place to open your account—although it proved fruitless in a 2-1 defeat.
His maiden strike at Anfield was a tap-in against Norwich City, in front of the Kop, before a superb effort at former club Man City.
The 2013/14 season remains Sturridge’s best in a Liverpool shirt, scoring 24 goals and forging a legendary partnership with Luis Suarez.
In an excellent interview with LiverpoolFC.com, the Englishman has described his love of playing for the club.
The striker says he has enjoyed it from the moment he arrived in January 2013, despite a number of ups and downs along the way, and is now eyeing his first trophy for the Reds:
“I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve been here—through the highs and lows of playing, not playing, being successful and being unsuccessful.
“The whole process of being at Liverpool, the journey, has been great. It’s just about now winning something; I don’t want to have been here for a long time and not have lifted one trophy.
“I can never look at the past and say, ‘I wish we’d won the league that year’. Obviously, it hurts. But it’s a new season now and we have a chance to do it again.
“We have a chance to win the Champions League again; we have a chance to win the FA Cup again. This season is just full of excitement because we know we have an opportunity—just as much as everyone else has an opportunity.
“I don’t want to put expectations out there that we might do this or that; I just want nature to take its course. I’m really positive about it, I have the belief.
“Everyone in the club has the belief, the fans have the belief, that we can do something this year.”
Sturridge is still the best finisher at Klopp’s disposal, and if he can stay fit, he will be such an important squad member this season.
Here’s to the next 50, hopefully!