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 By Mike Whalley

Sturridge confident he can step up

Daniel Sturridge insists that Liverpool can prosper this season without his former striker partner Luis Suarez.

Sturridge and Suarez hit 52 Premier League goals between them last season as the Reds finished runners-up to Manchester City.

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That made them the most prolific attacking partnership at Anfield since Ian St John and Roger Hunt scored 52 league goals between them in 1963/64.

But Suarez, the league's top scorer last season with 31 goals, completed a 75 million pound move to Barcelona on July 16.

Liverpool have brought in Rickie Lambert from Southampton this summer, but a deal to sign QPR striker Loic Remy fell through on Sunday.

Sturridge, with 21 league goals last season, is set to lead the Reds' attack this coming season, but does not believe the goal burden will rest solely with him following the departure of Suarez.

The 24-year-old England striker told the Liverpool Echo: "It was a unique partnership.

"I wish Luis all the best. We shared some good times together.

Daniel Sturridge will have to shoulder more of Liverpool's goal-scoring burden now that Luis Suarez has left the club.

"We created history together with our goals and I think we became the most successful Liverpool partnership together in one season.

"In terms of next season for the goals, I'll step up myself and everyone has to step up to get the goals because it is a long season.

"The new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. This is a huge club with a lot of players who can step up.

"Luis has left and that's football. He's moved on but he's doing it for himself and his family.

"As a team we will move forward, I wouldn't say I'm the main man. We are going to do our best to move forward as a squad. And do our best to be involved at the top."


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