Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge is still England's best striker, despite the emergence of Harry Kane.
Sturridge is being considered for a first start since August against Kane's Tottenham at Anfield tonight, a game likely to be crucial in the race for Champions League qualification, and Rodgers thinks his forward will soon be joined in the England set-up by the 21-year old 'Spurs striker, who has netted 22 times this season.
Rodgers on Kane
At his press conference on Monday, brought to our attention by the Guardian, Rodgers said: “I’m sure Daniel is happy there’s another English striker coming through because if Harry Kane is going to be of the level to play for England, which I believe he is, then that helps Daniel and the other Liverpool players who play for England because it means you get another top quality striker.
“But for me there’s not anyone better than Daniel Sturridge. There’s no one better. He’s got everything in his game if he’s playing consistently. His goalscoring record, his pace, his power, he’s got everything and as an English striker there’s no one better than him."
"But for me there’s not anyone better than Daniel Sturridge. There’s no one better. He’s got everything in his game if he’s playing consistently. His goalscoring record, his pace, his power, he’s got everything and as an English striker there’s no one better than him"
Sturridge has an impressive 37 goals in 55 games for the Reds, but has missed the majority of this season with a thigh injury picked up on England duty in August. He suffered a number of setbacks throughout the season but scored on his return to the side in a 2-0 win over West Ham on January 31.
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Now, after three appearances from the bench, Rodgers may consider giving him Sturridge a first start since his return.
“It’s a big boost for us because when he’s on the field, he gives the opponent’s defence a real problem, but also he’s a natural goalscorer," the manager added.
“He’s got a big, big talent and he’s obviously going to have to try and work his way back to fitness in games because there’s so little time in between games to train.”
Liverpool v Spurs
Liverpool are without midfielder Lucas Leiva for the game after the Brazilian suffered a thigh injury in the goalless draw with Everton on Saturday. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino may name an unchanged side from the 2-1 North London derby victory over Arsenal.
In the last three meetings between the sides, Liverpool have won 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0.