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 By Mike Whalley

Sturridge happy to grind out wins

Daniel Sturridge has warned that an ability to secure hard-earned results will be crucial as Liverpool chase their first league title since 1990.

• Usher: Liverpool stay in the race

Brendan Rodgers’ side are just a point behind leaders Chelsea after a nervy 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened Sunderland on Wednesday night.

The striker said: “You have to grind results out sometimes. You have to do the dirty things to get the result you want -- it is not always going to be easy.”

Sturridge scored what turned out to be the decisive goal after Steven Gerrard’s first-half free kick had given Liverpool the lead, although Ki Sung-Yueng made it a tense final 15 minutes by pulling one back for the visitors.

The Reds have established a reputation this season for buccaneering football, winning 6-3 at Cardiff last Saturday and scoring five goals each in league wins over Norwich, Tottenham, Stoke and Arsenal.

Their tally of 84 goals is the best they have ever managed in a Premier League campaign, and they could yet challenge Chelsea’s competition record of 103 in a season.

Additionally, Sturridge’s goal on Wednesday took his league tally for the season to 20, and created a little piece of club history. With strike partner Luis Suarez on 28, they are the first forward pairing to each score 20 league goals in a season for Liverpool since Ian St John and Roger Hunt in 1963-64.

“The success of the team is more important to me,” Sturridge said. “It’s not about myself. I’m just giving God the glory for all that’s happening in my life and I’m thankful to God for giving me this opportunity.

“There are seven difficult games to go and each one with be difficult and different in its own way.

“For me, I don’t get too excited, I just take each game as it comes as it is different opposition, different styles of play, and we have to change the way we play against each team to try to get the result by whichever means necessary.”

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