Daniel Sturridge has apologized to Liverpool fans for not being successful in the club’s league title quest but assured them that the Reds would challenge for the title again.
The Reds had advantage in their hands till they lost 2-0 to Chelsea, a match which became infamous for Steven Gerrard’s ‘slip’, after which the advantage went to Manchester City who went on to win their second title in three years after defeating West Ham on Sunday.
Liverpool’s title charge after the turn of the new year was quite unexpected as the Merseyside club were not even considered as sure shot top 4 contenders. Brendan Rodgers maintained throughout the campaign that the club’s main aim for qualification for Champions League next season. However, Daniel Sturridge said that even though his side were successful in attaining their main aim, he was ‘gutted’ at not having won the trophy.
“We’re all hungry for success and the fans deserve success. They’ve given us great support from the first minute to the last and I apologise to them for not winning the Premier League.” said the Liverpool striker
“I know we set the target of reaching the Champions League but I can’t stand here and say I’m happy. I am gutted. I know we’ve gone from seventh to second but I am never happy coming second no matter what I’m playing, whether it’s table tennis, cricket or whatever, I don’t like losing.
“We’re all hungry for success and the fans deserve success. They’ve given us great support from the first minute to the last and I apologise to them for not winning the Premier League.
“I’ll do everything in my power, just like my team-mates will, to try to ensure we do that for them next season. I believe we can.
“People can make excuses about how we had an advantage because we weren’t in Europe this season but I know we will be contenders again next season.
“We will take the positives from this season and learn from the negatives. This experience will stand us in good stead for next season. I believe we will challenge. Next season will be a big year for us and we’re looking forward to that already.”
Having scored 21 goals in the league this season for Liverpool and also being selected in the PFA team of the year, Roy Hodgson has unsurprisingly selected him in his England World Cup squad. Sturridge hopes that he can carry his good form to Brazil and help his country do well in the biggest country competition there is.
“It’s a very big summer ahead,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to going to Brazil and trying to do well. I’m hungry to do well. I want to bring England some success.”
Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and Raheem Sterling are the other Liverpool players to be part of Hodgson’s 23-man squad while Jon Flanagan has made it to the ‘stand-by list’.