Daniel Sturridge believes Brendan Rodgers‘ footballing philosophy will help drive Liverpool forward over the coming seasons — and the striker has set his sights on challenging for trophies.
Sturridge signed with the Reds in January this year, and quickly became a hit with Kopites, who watched him plunder 11 goals in 16 games.
And he is eager for the team to build on a strong finish to the 2012-13 campaign when Rodgers begins his second season in charge in August.
“With the philosophy that the manager has, we should be challenging for honors,” Sturridge told the official monthly LFC magazine. “I think it’s going to be great for us in the future and we can move forward.
“I think we did things last season, both prior to me coming here and then with my help, to deliver some better statistics than we have had in previous years in terms of goals and attacking play.
“It’s exciting to be part of that philosophy and the new regime that the manager is forming for us to move forward as a club.”
When Sturridge looped the ball over Mark Schwarzer to seal his first Liverpool hat-trick in May 2013 at Fulham, he also became the fastest Red to hit 10 goals in the Premier League era.
Such a cutting-edge in front of goal constitutes arguably the forward’s greatest asset — and he intends to utilize it to the full to propel Liverpool back towards the top of the table next season.
“It’s the reason why the manager signed me and Philippe Coutinho as well as the players he signed at the start of the season,” said Sturridge. “The aim was to help the team get back to where it belongs.
“We’ll all be doing everything in our power to make sure that Liverpool is a club that is challenging for Premier League titles because the fans have been waiting for that for a long time and hopefully next season we’ll be in the running.
“When you play in the Premier League, everybody’s goal is to lift that trophy, to have the celebrations and to know that you’ve succeeded and been a champion over everybody else in the division.
“So the main aim for next season and the seasons ahead is to try and help the team do well in the Premier League. I’m sure with the philosophy that the manager has, we’ll be able to do that.”