Sturridge vows to build on debut goal

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New Reds signing Daniel Sturridge has said he will continue to get better, following his debut goal in the FA Cup win at Mansfield.

Sturridge, who hasn’t played a senior game since November, took just seven minutes for his debut against Mansfield to open his account for the Reds.

He said to the Liverpool Echo:

“I am lacking sharpness in front of goal.  I missed a few chances but hopefully once I get my fitness those ones that I missed will go in.  I was quite tired out there as I haven’t been playing or training much over the last few months. But I’m grateful to the boss for giving me nearly 60 minutes.  I haven’t had much training. I’ve only had three sessions with the lads and then a light session on Saturday before the game.”

The 23 year old also praised his new team-mates following the win, but singled out Jonjo Shelvey for his perfectly weighted pass which lead to the striker’s opener:

“It was a great pass from Jonjo – the vision and the weight of the pass for the goal was perfect. He made it quite easy for me to take the shot first time.  We haven’t had much time to work on stuff but we were both on the same wavelength. We get on well on and off the field.”

“All the lads have been great with me and they’ve made it easy for me to settle in over the past few days.  I want to say thank you to them for making me feel so welcome. I look forward to playing with them for many years to come”

How did everyone rate his opening performance?  Do you think Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling can form a lethal partnership upfront?

Sturridge scores as Liverpool edge through

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Liverpool move to the fourth round of FA cup with Daniel Sturridge scoring on his Liverpool debut which helped to beat Mansfield Town 2-1.

Sturridge who just signed from Chelsea, took the lead in just seven minutes while Suarez made it 2-0 after just four minutes on the pitch replacing Sturridge in the 55th minute.

Rodgers said in his press conference.

“We’ve seen over many years in this competition that these games are very difficult. In some ways, they can be more difficult than Premier League games.  It’s a big credit to my players; I thought we showed great character. The game could have been out of sight in the first half with the chances we had. But you’ve also got to give credit to Mansfield because at 2-0 they kept the game alive.  There were periods in the second half where we had to show resilience and character. We’ve seen it over the years in this competition, the big teams going to away grounds of a lower league opponent and coming unstuck.”

Thankfully we got through and into the next round.