Daniel Sturridge set 30-goal target by Liverpool legend

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush feels Daniel Sturridge is capable of scoring between 20 and 30 goals for the Merseyside outfit this season.

The 24-year-old has already scored nine goals in 10 appearances for the Reds this term, seven of which have come in the Premier League, and Rush believes the striker can sustain his impressive early-season form over the course of the campaign.

"Daniel has got to be looking for between 20 and 30 goals this season," Rush was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "And I think him playing regularly for England is also going to help him for Liverpool. Every time he plays he looks like he is going to score. And he excites people when he’s on the pitch.

“Daniel has come to Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers has given him so much confidence. He always had potential. We always knew that he was a good player, otherwise you don’t play for Man City and Chelsea."

Sturridge joined Liverpool in January after failing to cement a first-team place at Chelsea.

But the England international has flourished at Anfield, scoring a remarkable 20 goals in 26 appearances for Liverpool.

His partnership with Luis Suarez has also earned rave reviews - and Rush can't understand why anyone ever doubted the pair.

“When you look at the two of them together it makes me laugh when people say they can’t play together," Rush, who is Liverpool's all-time leading goalscorer, added. “They have an understanding and you only have to look back to the Newcastle game to see that.

“They are always looking for each other and are getting better as a partnership every time they play. And you always feel as though at least one of them will score.”

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