With Tuesday night’s disheartening loss to Chelsea still fresh in the memory, it is very hard for any Liverpool fan to look ahead into the future because we are still hurting over the events of the past.
Please note that this article was written before Sturridge’s triumphant return against West Ham, where he scored following his introduction as a sub. The good times really are upon us now, not peeking around the corner!!
Our elimination from the League Cup was thoroughly undeserved as we managed to put in two good performances over the two legs. What was missing from our game was clinical finishing and I am sure that we would have qualified for the finals had we had at least one top class striker on the pitch. Unfortunately for us, the only top class striker we have on our team was sidelined with injury and has been so for the last five months. These five were very hard to endure for Liverpool Football Club as a whole as we desperately lacked goals. Whatever happened has happened and there is no way to undo what has occurred, but looking forward offers a much better sight than looking back, especially because the man I am referring to, is back.
Daniel Sturridge is back training with the Reds and the chances of him being given a spot in the squad for our next game against West Ham at Anfield are very high. This is probably the moment that we were all waiting for ever since he got injured during the first week of September while on international duty and his return offers the Reds an immense boost, just when they needed one the most.
Still licking our wounds after the League Cup exit and on the cusp of a very tricky run of fixtures throughout February that includes games against Everton, Spurs, Southampton and two games against Besiktas is probably a good time to have your best player back from injury, if at all there is one. The kind of impact he had for us last season does not need to be elucidated. A goal return of 24 from just 33 appearances saw the England international bag second place on the Premier League scorer’s chart last season. Exactly where we could have been had our number 15 been available to play throughout the season is what we are left to wonder and although it is impossible to predict an exact tally of points or position on the table, the least that I can guarantee is that we’d have been higher than 8th.
Being an optimist, all I have to say again is that there is nothing to do looking back on what has happened, but looking forward is indeed very exciting. I am sure that Sturridge’s return will have a positive effect on the Liverpool team even though I am not expecting him to go back to his very best just on his first game back.
His pace, creativity, skill and clinical finishing will add another dimension to our play as we will finally have someone to finish off the numerous chances that we have been creating over the last weeks. Just the thought of having him back on the pitch and linking up with his teammates has us Kopites drooling and no matter how hard the last few months or the last few days has been for us, the future does indeed look bright.