Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge: I can't replace Luis Suarez on my own

Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by

DANIEL STURRIDGE insists filling the void left by Luis Suarez is not just down to him.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge: I can't replace Luis Suarez on my own
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Star striker Suarez joined Barcelona earlier this month in a £75m switch after firing in 31 of Liverpool's 101 Premier League goals last season.

The spotlight is now on Sturridge - who banged in 21 league goals of his own last term - to step up and become the main man at Anfield, especially after the club pulled the plug on an £8.5m deal for QPR striker Loic Remy on Sunday.

But the England international has warned that his team-mates must up their game too.

"This is a huge club with a lot of players who can step up," said Sturridge.

"I wouldn't say it's by default that I'm the main man.

"As a team we will move forward, I wouldn't say I'm the main man. We are going to do our best to move forward.

"It was a unique partnership with Luis. We shared some good times together.

"We created history with our goals but in terms of next season for the goals, I'll step up myself and everyone has to step up to get the goals because it is a long season.

"It is everyone's job to step up. The new boys who have come in, as well as the players who have been there all season."

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge: I can't replace Luis Suarez on my ownSuarez's departure has led many to rule Liverpool out of the Premier League title, after coming a whisker of winning it last season.

But Sturridge insists his exit will not derail their resurgence as they also prepare for a return to Champions League football for the first time since 2010.

"I think Liverpool is a huge club, it's an elite club and people don't realise that," he said.

"Players come and go in football, that's the nature of the game.

"Some players will remain at a club their whole career like Stevie [Steven Gerrard] and some will move to different clubs, that's the nature of it.

"For me with the signings that the manager has made, exciting players, young players, up and comers as they call them with experience of the Premier League, we are going to have that winning mentality.

"The mentality to move forward, be an exciting squad, playing attacking football and that's the Liverpool way. We will continue to do that."

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Sturridge is now eyeing up trophies and not just a repeat of last term's near miss.

He added: "We are a young, hungry squad that are looking to put our stamp down not just in the Premier League but European football as well.

"We will try to move forward as a squad with a great manager behind us who has the exact same mentality.

"He is hungry for success, and everyone is hungry for success. That is the motto and the key point that I'm trying to make. Everybody is hungry for success."

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