There were those insistent that he would definitely succeed because he was in his last chance saloon after not cutting the mustard at two top level clubs.
He may be only 23 years of age but can he live with the fact that he is not the main striker and that Luis Suarez is.
The Reds fans are insistent he will come good, but part of his transition to success is accepting a role as auxiliary striker.
He has been keen to emphasise that he is an out and out striker but if he is to really succeed at Anfield he needs to use more than his goalscoring instinct.
Sturridge had a lively start and now the hype around his transfer has calmed it is time he starts to assert himself.
The Old Guard at Liverpool are finally reaching the end of their paths on Merseyside but for the England international this is just beginning. He may be the star of the show in a few years but he needs to establish key connections first.
Coutinho and Sturridge represent the new generation at Liverpool and if they can find an understanding on a level that Suarez and the Brazilian did at Wigan on the weekend then the future could be very bright indeed.