Steven Gerrard has admitted surprise at the fact that Chelsea agreed to sell Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool nearly a year ago, such was the promise he saw in him.
Sturridge has been terrific since he moved from Stamford Bridge to Anfield for an undisclosed fee in the 2012 Janaury transfer window after failing to make his mark in west London after moving their from boyhood club Manchester City.
It has been a number of years since he burst onto the scene as a talented youngster, but he appears to have found his place at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers.
Since moving to Merseyside he has bagged 18 goals in 25 Premier League appearances and made himself a crucial member of the England squad.
Gerrard expressed surprise that Liverpool were ever allowed to buy him off of rivals Chelsea because, in his eyes, there was nothing surprising about his current form after seeing his potential at an early age.
"I was surprised Chelsea let him go. I saw flashes of Daniel at Manchester City and Chelsea and really liked what I had seen," Gerrard told reporters.
"Now I have worked with him at close quarters on a daily basis and in the games for Liverpool and England, I am a huge fan."
Chelsea may further regret their decision to let the 24-year-old go, as they currently trail Liverpool in the Premier League and the two-point difference has had a lot to do with his form.
Gerrard was speaking about Sturridge ahead of England's friendly with Germany at Wembley on Tuesday, with both players set to start the match.