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2014 World Cup: Liverpool FC’s Daniel Sturridge Deserves Starting Chance with England

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With a 4 – 0 win over Tottenham at Anfield, Liverpool jumps to the top of the Barclay’s Premier League table with 71 points in 32 games. With a 49+ goal differential, Liverpool is flying high right now behind the record breaking scoring of Uruguayan Luis Suarez. However, with the 2014 World Cup quickly approaching, it’s not Suarez’s success that should be the main focus for fans of England’s National Team, but fellow Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge has 20 goals this season for Liverpool with 7 assists, despite the 29 goals so far for Suarez. The most impressive part of his goal scoring record is that a majority of his goals haven’t come off of poached goals like you would expect with a secondary striker, but from his finishing and the run of play. With a striker in their midst that is on that kind of form, England cannot afford to leave him on the bench.

England’s midfield is fantastic and their defense is extremely disciplined. However, England’s problem in qualifying was that they tied with teams that were clearly weaker than them. They were missing that extra burst of goal scoring that only a player like Sturridge can bring.

Sometimes the player that explodes in the World Cup isn’t the premier scorer for his club team. Look at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Thomas Muller, a player who is known more for his ability to open things up for Bayern Munich’s main strikers, won the Golden Boot. Sturridge fits the mold as a player who is in the shadow of another goal scorer on his club team, but who will shine when given major opportunities with the national team.

Sturridge is an extremely talented striker and, with familiar faces like Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson in the midfield for England, will have success in the 2014 World Cup. Expect big things from the Liverpool striker in the near future for not only his club, but his country as well.

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for StoppageTimeSoccer.net. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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