Liverpool v Chelsea: How did Daniel Sturridge perform?


With England's Euro 2016 squad announcement imminent and a Europa League final to press claims for, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge had points to make as he started against former club Chelsea.

Here, we have analysed his performance.


Daniel Sturridge and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Excellent to begin with as Liverpool made a positive start, pressing with all the intensity manager Jurgen Klopp demands. Sturridge took up good positions and used the full width of the field, clearly hungry to make his mark.

Link-up play

Selfless in possession, Sturridge was keen to keep attacks flowing. He spread play wide when necessary, showed an inclination to cross and one through ball for Roberto Firmino was exquisite.


Daniel Sturridge
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The area where the England forward still looked rusty. He ballooned one free-kick into the crowd, blasted another good chance over and scuffed a long-range shot straight at Asmir Begovic. His best chance came as he went through on goal in the second half but he could not beat Begovic. The less said about a late slice wide the better though.

Overall impression

This was a highly encouraging 90-minute performance. Sturridge was committed, looked to make things happen and kept the Chelsea defence on their toes. The finishing was lacking but at least the chances came and they may have gone in on another night. All looked good in terms of fitness and, after a largely frustrating season, he could just hit form at the most important time.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge
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