Liverpool boss hails ‘world class’ Sturridge

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge possesses the attributes to develop into a striker of world class repute during his time on Merseyside.

Sturridge was a £12 million acquisition from Chelsea in the January transfer window of last year and has scored 29 times in 36 appearances for the Reds since his departure from Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old has formed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan is the only player to have scored more than him in the Premier League this season, with the Liverpool frontmen on 15 and 23 for the campaign respectively.

Sturridge scored during the 5-1 rout of Arsenal at Anfield last Saturday with his pace and movement providing the opposition defenders with problems that they had yet to experience up until that point this season.

He could have also netted with a chip but had to settle for the solitary goal against the Gunners, and Rodgers is excited by what the England international can achieve in the red of Liverpool.

"He's a natural goalscorer," Rodgers told reporters. "I know he's disappointed that he had another opportunity to score with his chip.

"But he's a magnificent talent and I've always said that I think over the course of the next couple of years, he's got the chance to make himself a world-class striker.

"He knows what's required to be a world-class striker; the consistency and the quality you need. He's come into here and maybe he hasn't had that credit because he has consistently done it from the January when arrived.

"He will always get goals because of his talent. The beauty about it is he's still only 24 years of age. He's still got a lot of time before he arrives into his peak.

"That's been one of the highlights for me coming in here, seeing his development, both as a young player and then his maturity as a man. He's only going to get better, which is great."

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