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“Gutted” Sturridge apologizes to Liverpool fans for runner-up finish

May 12, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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Daniel Sturridge‘s year was a strong one despite a lengthy injury derailment, but don’t sell the Liverpool forward on the virtues of exceeding expectations.

Sturridge, 24, has scored 35 goals in a season-and-a-half at Liverpool and is on his way to England. By all his accounts, his performance was a major part of the Reds finishing second in the Premier League this season.

But second is not first, and Sturridge is apologizing to Reds supporters.

Via SkySports:

“I know we set the target of reaching the Champions League but I can’t stand here and say I’m happy. I am gutted,” said the England striker.

“I know we’ve gone from seventh to second but I am never happy coming second no matter what I’m playing, whether it’s table tennis, cricket or whatever, I don’t like losing.

“We’re all hungry for success and the fans deserve success. They’ve given us great support from the first minute to the last and I apologise to them for not winning the Premier League.”

That’s a bit much, but credit to the 24-year-old for trying. The young English striker can surely make many of them feel better this summer at the World Cup, let alone with a Premier League title next season.