Liverpool are now just one game away from a return to the Champions League. It was an easy romp; a training session.
The England worldwide forward was recalled to Liverpool's starting line-up, and was at his brilliant best as the Reds dismantled West Ham. For now, Sturridge was focused on sending Liverpool closer to the top-four but their lead should have evaporated moments before half-time.
As for his own role in the victory, the striker said he felt "sharp" and when asked about rumours linking him with a possible exit from Anfield in the summer, he said: "I don't have any worries about next season".
"The manager has shown faith in me and we have a good relationship as well", Sturridge said.
Fifth-placed Arsenal still boast a game in hand on the Reds, but they are relying on others dropping points in order to sneak into the Champions League spots.
And they responded with a thumping victory as two goals from Philippe Coutinho and strikes by Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi saw off the Hammers. If they did that, they would then likely win any goals scored tiebreaker.
Players like Coutinho will also be wanting to play in the Champions League next season so, to hold onto the club's best players, winning against Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon is non-negotiable.
"We drew the last game against Southampton and missed a penalty, and maybe people thought we don't deal with pressure".
"I feel sharp. I'm glad to be starting and providing chances for the boys". Giving a start to Daniel Sturridge in place of the injured Roberto Firmino and the oft injured striker repaid the boss for his chance, latching on to a flawless through-ball from Philippe Coutinho en-route to rounding Iron's 'keeper Adrian and slotting home the opener.
"I said in the dressing room immediately after that we have known for weeks that we will have to go until the end, so that's no problem for us". If you give time and space to players like Coutinho, Sturridge and Lallana they will kill you. Liverpool have 73 points with one game left, one ahead of Man City and four more than Arsenal who both have two to play.
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