"Exactly that", he told the official website when asked if he had Wednesday's unlucky shot in his mind. I think so and he is trying to do it.
But I think we can fight for the Champions League.
Liverpool, whose tally of 14 league goals in 2018-19 was bettered only by Man City ahead of this weekend, fashioned another chance in the final quarter of the match - Roberto Firmino's downward header being blocked on the line by Luiz.
There were great performances from players on both teams, not least the four centre-halves.
Maurizio Sarri will likely be the more disappointed given the time on the clock when Sturridge struck, but an EFL Cup win and Premier League draw with Liverpool in the space of three days is certainly no mean feat. This week alone he's been on target twice against Liverpool, in the League Cup and in today's league game which ended 1-1.
- Daniel Sturridge is the seventh player to score 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool, after Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt.
Liverpool's front three, who terrorised defences last season, had looked uncharacteristically out of sorts before Sturridge was introduced as an 86th-minute substitute. Having impressed for a number of seasons, the Belgian global has raised his game even further this season and now looks set to take his place among those considered to be in the latter bracket. If we play like we do tonight we'll win football games'. "We have to try of course, and we have to try to stay very close in the table to the top level teams, and we have to improve more".
The Reds were grateful to goalkeeper Alisson Becker for keeping them in the match before Sturridge's unforgettable intervention.
"Top drawer!" added Sturridge.
And those comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are now beginning to look a touch outlandish, with the game's two greatest modern players so far ahead of the rest due to their ability to score at such incredible rates year after year.