12 Feb 2018 16:26:26
Hows things Ed's? hope your all having a good day!

{Ed002's Note - So so.}

1.) 12 Feb 2018
12 Feb 2018 21:13:04
Hey salah, hope you're well.

I just realised something. Sturridge went off after 4 minutes for West Brom and I was almost as devastated as when he got injured for us. And this is the reason for my dismay. He is such a good player, he has a touch of world class about his finishing, I remember him lobbing a keeper from 25 yards once, just amazing but we will never ever see the very best of him, and as a football fan, that is a crying shame. He never gets the chance to build up a head of steam or z bit of momentum.

I feel sorry for Danny, I feel sorry for West Brom, I feel sorry for pardews family (but that is coz they have go watch him dance every Saturday) but most of all I feel sorry for football fans all over who will never get the chance to see, potentially, one of the most technically gifted forwards of the modern game. I was really hoping he would get back into the England squad and light up the world Cup but the lad can't kick a ball without going down.

2.) 12 Feb 2018
12 Feb 2018 21:34:51
Supersalah - I'm good thank you mate hope you are too! :)

Couldn't agree more with your post it's such a shame how DS career has declined, in his time he was probably one of the best yet injuries totally buggered him up. I know it was a good move for both him and us for him to move on, he hadn't done anything for quite some time but I was still gutted to see him go lol Unfortunately he's made of glass, poor bugger.

3.) 12 Feb 2018
12 Feb 2018 21:53:50
Absolutely mate. Your the first one I've seen that actually remembers that chip. If never ever gets mentioned. Was better than cantonas by a long way.

Luckily and cruely in a way we did see the very best of him and that Was the title challenge.

Now yes we wish we could of seen more but always he got to showcase just how good he was for that season and how good he could of become. Not every player suffering with injuries gets that opportunity.

I really do think he needs to have a think about his future now. Even if he let's this contract run down and then make a move into coaching, he is already set for life. He a on 150k a week now and has been since Brendan so hopefully he can rest easy in that departnent.

4.) 12 Feb 2018
12 Feb 2018 22:26:35
Like one of the Eds said a while ago. Suarez could be 70% fit and give 100%. Studge has to be 100% to give 70%. It’s very much psychological with him. I genuinely believe he has injuries but most of the time he hasn't the mental fortitude to power through and play. He’s a great player let down by a weak mind.

5.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 00:24:41
He's done I'm afraid, been done for the last 3 years.

I remember in the final of the Europa, him scoring that amazing finish with the outside of his foot to put us in front, then he chased a ball into the corner with quite a decent head start on a centre back, the centre back out sprinted Sturridge.

I turned to me mates immediately and said "he's done, his passion for the game is gone", I'm not convinced it's injuries at all.

The Suarez comparison above is an excellent way to explain it.

6.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 08:14:41
I think he'll retire by 30 personally.

Whether he is subconsciously fragile or not, it must be devastating for him to have been such a quality player and never be able to show it. He is a laughing stock amongst other fans.

I don't think his passion is gone at all. Why would he leave Liverpool to go to West Brom, just to try and get in the England squad, if his passion was gone? It doesn't add up. He wants to play football, but i don't think he trusts his body. You only get one and if he destroys it by 35 years old, he has another 45 years plus, of living in pain and never being able to do the things he wants to. Things like picking up his grandchildren etc.

Players are human and maybe Sturridge does lack a bit of mental fortitude, but the mind is a strange thing. It's not something that can just change over night. Telling Sturridge to just ignore his mental issues and get on with it is the equivalent of going to a player with a broken leg and saying "just forget about it and play on". If your mind subconsciously says "no" it is near impossible for you to over rule it. Nit that anyone has said that on this thread by the way, I'm just pointing out that there is no quick fix for a damaged mentality, just like you can't rush the repair of something you can physically see.

7.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 11:51:53
Really hope he can recover and score against our top 4 rivals.

8.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 11:53:04
Yeah well said guys. Put mane on the right you're right. At least the world saw what he could do eh. Great chip and was better than Cantonas. I wonder how good he would be if he never suffered from serious injuries. That season with Suarez should have set him up but instead he suffered injury after injury.

I think it was levekusen or seville, one of those games in the eufa cup, he scored a wicked far post curler, outside of the boot job, was a wonderful goal. (think it might have been his first touch too)

9.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 11:54:33
And isn't this sad. We are talking as if his career is over.

10.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 12:16:31
I agree that he'll probably finish up when his contract is up with us.

His desire or passion may not be gone 100% but it's definitely waning. He moved to WB to move back near home mate, maybe he thinks playing at half pace for them might get him to the world cup and he may be right, but most definitely he's not got the same desire as he had 7 or 8 years ago.

Can you see him putting his head in where it hurts, last minute with a match level - no chance these days, maybe back in the day but no chance now.

{Ed001's Note - it was nothing to do with being nearer home, that is a downright lie. They were the only option he had as the only club that were willing to meet LFC's demands. He went there to play.}

11.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 12:39:06
As Ed001 said, he went there to play mate. I feel as though people are making unfair assumptions based on the fact he is struggling to cope with being injury prone and doesn't trust his body. Assumptions that are ignoring evidence that he still wants to play football.

Nobody can say his passion is "definitely" waning. He already has enough money to never need to work again so if his passion wasn't there, he'd already be retired. He is just a young man who wants to play football and make his country and his family proud. I'm gutted for him and i certainly won't be calling him out because of a mental block that he can't shake. Too many people simply don't understand how powerful the brain can be.

Not aiming this directly at you Kev. It's an issue with the whole of modern society. Lack of understanding, and a lack of patience. I pray Sturridge can resurrect his career, as i can see the pain etched on his face every time he pulls up injured. Just watch his goal in pre-season against Bayern Munich. His reaction to his muscle going as he sprinted clean through looked like a "I can't believe this has happened again". I'm truly gutted for him.

12.) 13 Feb 2018
13 Feb 2018 14:32:15
His passion hasn't gone it's his legs.

He could adapt to a different player but not at the top 6 and not on the ages he has.

13.) 19 Feb 2018
19 Feb 2018 07:21:23
I stand by what I said, no offence taken at all MK.
It's just opinions mate.
He will never be what he was in 13/ 14 or previous and in my opinion, it's because of what I said above - the truth is, nobody but he himself can tell you the absolute truth why he has fallen, but I have my own uneducated opinion on the subject.
I simply believe his career at the top is over.
The body follows the mind more often than not and his mind is gone.