Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 1: Daniel Sturridge reveling in striker role
Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 1: Daniel Sturridge says he is relishing his centre-forward role after scoring at Villa Park
Daniel Sturridge revealed he is relishing his centre-forward role after the Liverpool striker scored his side’s winner against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Reds made the breakthrough in the 21st minute when Sturridge netted his second goal in as many Premier League games with a clinical finish past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
The England international collected Iago Aspas’ pass before evading Ron Vlaar and Guzan, showing composure to place his effort high into the roof past the covering defender on the goal-line.
Aston Villa struggled to test Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who was forced to make one save to deny his compatriot Christian Benteke in the final 15 minutes.
“I’m just playing my normal game,” Sturridge told Sky Sports.
“I’ve probably matured a little bit in terms of my confidence. I’ve not played as a centre-forward as much as I would have liked to in the past.
“This is just how I’ve been since I was kid. I’ve been given an opportunity to do it in the first-team environment.”
He added: “It was good to score. That’s what I enjoy doing and helping the team to win games.
“It’s just important to win and it doesn’t matter if I score or not. We’re working very hard and trying to win as a team.”
Sturridge was also denied a late penalty after Aston Villa goalkeeper Guzan appeared to bring the striker down in the area.
“I thought it was a penalty. I’m not going to cause any grief about it. We won the game. The referee is there to do a job and if he doesn’t think it’s the right decision, fair play.”