Daniel Sturridge has hinted he is ready to stay at Liverpool and wants to reach a century of strikes for the club as soon as possible after reaching the 50-goal landmark in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby.
His strike in the 4-0 Merseyside derby victory over Everton brought up his landmark in his 87th appearance.
That is fewer matches than such club greats as Luis Suarez (91 games), John Aldridge (92), Michael Owen (93), Robbie Fowler (94), Kenny Dalglish (99) and Ian St John (111).
The only post-War forwards to have reached their half-century quicker are Albert Stubbins (77), Roger Hunt (79) and Fernando Torres (84).
Sturridge to claim Coutinho goal
But with injury forcing Sturridge to miss virtually half the games the club have played since he joined in January 2013, the England man is keen to make up for lost time with his next 50 – starting with a claim for Philippe Coutinho’s goal in the rout over their near-neighbours.
“Of course I’ve told him. He would claim it is his but it touched me so it is my goal,” said Sturridge of Liverpool’s final goal of the night.
“If it touches you you claim it, wherever it touches you – eyelash, wherever. It did actually touch me.
“I’m not the type of guy who would claim a goal if it didn’t touch me – I know there are some guys out there hungry for goals but I’m not that hungry.
“There has been some dubious decision but that is not dubious, it is clear for everyone to see.
“Now 50 has gone it is on to the next game and hopefully I can add to that. It should be 51 because the fourth goal is mine.”
Despite his unquestioned quality Sturridge‘s strike-rate is probably not appreciated as greatly as it should be just because his goals have been spread over such a long time.
But with a run of games in the team, and more starts likely if Divock Origi’s ankle injury turns out to be more serious than just a sprain, Sturridge could improve it even more.
“My dad and my brother pay attention to that stuff (landmarks). I just look to go out there and score as many goals as possible,” he added.
“It is great to get to 50 goals. I won’t play it down and say I’m not happy I’ve done so well so far with the club but it is onwards and upwards.
“It is important to understand now the next aim is 100 goals.”