Daniel Sturridge Wants Top Four Spot, Talks About Partnership with Luis Suarez

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

Liverpool's newest recruit, Daniel Sturridge, was celebrating last weekend after helping the Reds to a crushing 5-0 win over Norwich City, where he scored the third goal of the game.

His strike made it a total of three goals in three appearances since signing, despite not yet having played a full 90 minutes for the club—and also meant he has now scored on his Liverpool debut, his Premier League debut and his Anfield debut since leaving Chelsea.

After the game Sturridge had an interview with the BBC—as per the video above—and spoke about his partnership with Luis Suarez, the Reds' top four prospects and on whether he can keep his scoring run going.

With Liverpool perhaps not having had a successful forward partnership over the past few years, supporters are excited to see just what Suarez and Sturridge can combine to do.

Sturridge acknowledges that the pair are only just beginning to work alongside each other and that more training and games are required to reach their potential.

Since I signed we've been getting on very well in training and it all clicked against Manchester United. Since then we just have an understanding already and it will get better as time goes on. There's a lot more to come from the pair of us as a partnership but at the moment we're still learning to play together.

It could become as good as any other partnership—but for us it's about playing as a team.

The striker also spoke about playing at Anfield for the first time:

I loved it. The fans were amazing today and the players were great. We played very well as a team and I enjoyed every minute of it.

On Liverpool's hopes of a top-four place this season, Sturridge remains optimistic, citing the gap of only eight points between ninth and fourth in the Premier League as reason to believe there is still room for a late challenge.

The Reds are currently seven points off Spurs in fourth, and the side will have a great chance to prove whether or not they are capable of mounting a genuine challenge this season over the next few weeks.

After an FA Cup tie with Oldham, Liverpool play Arsenal (away), Manchester City (away) and West Brom (home) in the Premier League, fixtures which will go some way to determining how well—or otherwise—Brendan Rodgers will do in his debut campaign in charge.

Liverpool supporters have been delighted with the immediate impact Sturridge has been able to make on the attack, and with big games against Arsenal and Manchester City on the horizon, plenty of eyes will be on the new No. 15 to see if he can prolong his prolific start and help the Reds move closer to the top four.