Daniel Sturridge's “30 Goals a Season” Could Lift Liverpool to Next Level

Max MuntonLiverpool CorrespondentOctober 24, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St James' Park on October 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Liverpool legend Ian Rush said in Thursday’s Mirror that he believes in-form striker Daniel Sturridge has the ability to reach “between 20 and 30 goals” for the Reds this season.

The 24-year-old has scored 20 goals in his first 26 appearances for Liverpool and has shown no signs of stopping with another goal last weekend at Newcastle. 

Coupled with Luis Suarez’s goal scoring abilities, Liverpool are surely on to a winner here. 

The Uruguayan notched up 30 goals in all competitions last season, including 23 in the Premier League. A great feat for a player who made 33 league appearances.

In the 2011/12 season, Suarez hit 17 goals in all competitions—11 of them in the league during his 31 league appearances. 

With both of Liverpool’s strikers improving their goals to games ratio dramatically in the last year, the Reds could be heading for their biggest goal finish for some time.

Without wanting this to sound like a gameshow, what do goals mean? Wins! Probably. Well it certainly increases your chances anyway. 

Most clubs look towards one striker to get them 30 a season. If Liverpool have found two, they could be laughing all the way to success.

Not only that, but the signs shown when they play together this season indicate a willingness to work for each other.

Their styles of play are different: Sturridge the keen finisher with bursts of pace and Suarez the world class dribbler, able to create chances from nothing.

They compliment each other, which makes 30 goals a season from both of them look all the more achievable.

When Manchester United won the title last season, they scored eighty six goals  some fifteen more than Liverpool. Each side conceded the same amount  forty three.

Had Liverpool scored fifteen more goals, that could, given the margin of defeat in many games, that theoretically been up to fifteen more victories. A total of forty five points up on offer there, more than closing the 28 point gap between United and Liverpool which ended the season.

That is the difference between a championship winning side, and not.

Having said that, United scored goals from all over the team.

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True, Robin van Persie put away thirty in all competitions, whilst Javier Hernandez scored eighteen and Wayne Rooney, who was supposed to be having a bad spell in his career, managed sixteen.

If Sturridge and Suarez can scored sixty goals between them, the Reds have a good head start. But it's just a head start, and nothing more.

Liverpool need to ensure goals are coming from all areas of the team.

So far this season only six different players have netted for Brendan Rodgers' men, including three with just the one goal to their name and Steven Gerrard with two from penalties.

Is this a worry, or does the might of Sturridge and Suarez up front relax the pressure on the rest of the team scoring? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.