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Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser against Chelsea proved not only important for Liverpool, but was also an important milestone in the striker’s career.
Liverpool trailed late on against the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Eden Hazard’s first-half goal the difference after multiple chances were squandered by the Reds.
Chelsea looked set to take home the three points when Sturridge, substituted in just three minutes before, hit a blast from distance that found its way into the top corner, leaving Blues goalkeeper Kepa with no chance.
The goal not only snatched a point for the Reds, but was Sturridge’s 50th in a Liverpool shirt, as he joined an impressive group who have reached the mark in the Premier League with the club.
Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Dirk Kuyt, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez are the previous Liverpool players to reach 50 goals for the club, making Sturridge the seventh.
It was a mark that seemed unlikely to be reached at the start of 2018 as Sturridge was sent out on loan to West Brom, with seemingly no way back into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
But an injury, all too frequent in his career, allowed him just 116 minutes with the Baggies and saw him return to Liverpool with another chance to work his way back into the rotation.
While a spot in the front three seemed unlikely with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane entrenched, Sturridge has again proved himself a capable goalscorer, however limited his minutes on the field may be.