"We can beat anyone" - Defiant Sturridge sounds Liverpool rallying cry

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed the confidence that exists throughout the squad by claiming that the Reds can "beat anyone" this season.

The Reds opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win against Southampton on Sunday, with the England striker netting his first of the season to wrap up the points for Brendan Rodgers' side late on.

The win was the perfect way to begin the season to follow what was their closest title challenge in 24 years last time out.

The Anfield giants ultimately finished two points behind Manchester City, as Manuel Pellegrini's side were crowned champions on the final day, but Sturridge believes that his side can challenge once more.

Liverpool have lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and the 31-goal double Player of the Year's absence is likely to be felt on Merseyside, but Sturridge thinks the current crop of players are still more than capable of landing the club's 19th league title.

Sturridge thinks that Rodgers' style of football has been instilled in each and every player in the squad, and he is of the belief that the continuity will breed success for the Reds.

The Mirror quotes the former Chelsea striker as saying: “Listen, it’s early in the season but we have got a confidence and belief in our squad.

“It doesn’t matter what the opposition is. We have got a belief in the manager’s philosophy and with the individuals we have and the way we play collectively, we can beat anyone.

“It doesn’t matter who we play, it doesn’t faze us. The manager has made some great signings and we are looking forward to having a successful season. We are hungry for success. Everyone is hungry for success here."

Rodgers' charges looked on course to land the elusive Premier League title back in April, but a defeat to Chelsea, coupled with a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace in the first week of May allowed City to chase down their rivals' advantage.

Sturridge admitted the capitulation was hard to take, but believes that the whole team are now over the events of the final few weeks of last season, despite initially being left "heartbroken" by the runners-up finish.

“We were heartbroken last season but we have got ourselves mentally ready," he added. “It took a while to get over it. It’s not easy to get over something like that, it’s not easy at all. But we are over it and we are looking forward to the future.

“God willing, we will bring success to the club. I’m certainly thankful for everything that has come my way. Long may it continue.”

Sturridge's goal against Southampton was his 36th for the club in just 50 appearances since his £12 million move from Chelsea back in January 2013, which puts him ahead of the likes of Luis Suarez (21), Fernando Torres (34), Robbie Fowler (32) and Michael Owen (28).

The Reds continue their Premier League campaign with a visit to Manchester City on August 25.

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