After scoring twenty-one goals in the top flight last season, and helping Liverpool come within two points of clinching the Premier League title, injuries have meant that Daniel Sturridge has failed to be more than a bit part player this campaign.
His prolonged absence – having been injured from September until the end of January – as well as the departure of partner in crime Luis Suarez, has meant that Brendan Rodgers’s men have struggled in comparison.
The England international has just four league goals, and the Reds currently sit fifth in the table – seven points off a qualifying place for next season’s Champions League. The Reds seemingly only have the FA Cup to be positive about, with a Wembley semi-final with Aston Villa lurking on the horizon. Failure to add some silverware to the bursting cabinet – which albeit has developed some dust in recent years – would be considered a major disappointment.
However, the Daily Mirror report that the 25-year-old has promised that while success in the cup is a priority to regain some pride this season, it is next year that he will rediscover his best form.
“This season is just about helping the team win something,” he said.
“Next season is when you’ll see what I can really do again. My performances will be back to exactly where they were before.”