'I'm not the main man' - Sturridge plays down new Liverpool role

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has played down any talk of added responsibility on his shoulders following Luis Suarez's exit to Barcelona.

Sturridge formed a devastating partnership with Suarez last season with the 'SAS' racking up a 52-goal partnership prior to the Uruguayan's transfer to the La Liga giants.

The Liverpool striker was the highest-scoring Englishman in the Premier League last term, netting 21 goals, and he finished second to Suarez's 31 in the scoring charts as the Reds ran Manchester City close for the title.

Sturridge, who was on target in the Anfield side's 4-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, doesn't feel as though he has taken over a specfic mantle at the club, despite Suarez's exit to Spain.

Instead, the level-headed 24-year-old stressed that everyone must chip in to make up for the PFA and FWA Player of the Season's move to the Camp Nou.

Speaking to Complex Magazine, Sturridge said: "I wouldn’t say I am the main man. A lot of people seem to be saying that to me at the moment. I just look at it like this: it’s a team game and I am one of the players that has to go out there and do a job.

"For me that is football, they always elevate people to be the main man, the go-to guy as they call it. I don’t shy away from that. There’s gotta be a main man in teams, and if people are saying that it’s me it’s me isn’t it?

"But I don’t look at myself that way. I’m a very humble and normal person, and I just go out there and do the job the best that I can do it."

The fun-loving Sturridge has certainly made Liverpool his home since he joined from Chelsea for around £12 million in January 2013, and the England international has plundered 36 goals in 49 appearances for the club.

Despite being afforded superstar status by the Kop faithful, Sturridge insisted he is just like any other fan, as he grew up cheering on other players like a supporter would.

"I don’t want to be a role model," he added. "I’m saying that the way I am as a person, I want to - in terms of fans - I was one of them. I’m trying to give power to the people.

"I’m part of them. But I feel that as a professional footballer I realise that there shouldn’t be a gap between us and fans. Because I was them before. I was that kid."

However, despite Sturridge's protestations to the contrary, much will be expected of the former Chelsea and Manchester City man this coming season.

Liverpool have so far failed to replace Suarez, and have just Rickie Lambert as back-up to Sturridge after they failed to complete Loic Remy's move from Queens Park Rangers amid fears over the France international's medical results.

The Reds begin their Premier League campaign with a visit from Southampton on Sunday.

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