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Daniel Sturridge’s dubious Liverpool season prediction suddenly looks accurate

Liverpool still have a lot of work to do to completely resurrect a season that tumbled off the rails a long time ago, but recent results have at least restored some hope.

In the midst of their worst ever run of home form, which featured them losing six Premier League matches at Anfield on the spin, predictions of imminent doom and even speculation around Jurgen Klopp’s future were everywhere, something that was unthinkable when the Reds were lifting the Premier League title last year.

But time spent away from Anfield has seen the club’s fortunes improve.

Liverpool beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in a ‘home’ game in Budapest to advance in the Champions League, before going to Wolves and securing a hard-fought 1-0 success.

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Then after a three-week absence from action that included the recent international break, the Reds looked somewhat like their old selves as they demolished a poor Arsenal side 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Reds saw off Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates on Saturday
The Reds saw off Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates on Saturday

A brace from Diogo Jota and a goal from Mohamed Salah secured victory, and coupled with Chelsea’s defeat at home to West Brom earlier in the day it has boosted top four hopes.

The Reds are now in good spirits as they head to Real Madrid for their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, and one man who seemingly saw all that coming was their former forward Daniel Sturridge.

In the immediate aftermath of the Fulham loss, when Reds supporters’ anger was probably at the highest it has been this season, Sturridge sought to sooth the pain with a bold prediction.

He tweeted: “Great players and managers always figure out the solution to the problems and I have no doubt LFC will be back to the team we know and love.

“Played some of the best football in Europe the past 4/5 years so this bad patch feels different. Int (international) break will reset the engine trust me.”

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And judging by the Arsenal performance, Sturridge could well be right.

There is still a long way to go in the campaign, but the Reds did look them themselves again at the Emirates, and will now be determined for that to continue in Madrid.

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