Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has saluted the striking prowess of Daniel Sturridge as he prepares to break a club record this weekend.
If Sturridge scores against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday, he will create history by being the first player to score in nine consecutive appearances for Liverpool, breaking a 90 year-old club record which was first set by Dick Forshaw.
His strike against Fulham in midweek has left him level with Forshaw and John Aldridge in the club record books and Rodgers has been quick to praise the striker as he stands on the brink of making history.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers said: "Daniel's form has been terrific.
"He has a natural instinct for the goal. I've seen that in him since he was a young player.
"His eyes light up when he's within 30 yards of the goal. He has an instinct to get in there and normally he finishes.
"He is outstanding in one v one situations, and he's up there with Luis Suarez as the best finisher in the league.
"Daniel is always a real threat. He knows what's most important is the team and it's his job to get goals for the team.
"What Daniel has shown over the past year or so playing regularly is that if he can maintain his fitness and get on the field regularly then he will score goals it's as simple as that."
Sturridge has had quite a season, bagging 19 in 21 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, his current scoring spree starting at Goodison Park in November and, despite an ankle injury, returned to the side to play Stoke and has never looked back since, scoring goals against Arsenal and Everton at Anfield.
His overall record of 30 goals in 37 appearances for the club emphatically shows that Sturridge was worth every penny of his £12million fee when he joined from Chelsea over a year ago but Rodgers believes there is more to come from the striker and his team.
"I still think he can get more goals," Rodgers added.
"I think he can get into other areas which allow him to arrive in more positions to score.
"Daniel is still so young and has many years ahead of him. We try to encourage all players who come here - irrespective of age and where they are in their career - to learn and improve.
"It gives me great pride as a coach when I see individuals develop. You bring them here as part of the team but individually they all want to be better.
"Daniel is just one example of that. Lots of players have made improvements - the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Martin Skrtel.
"You've got Luis who has gone to world class level. Look at Steven Gerrard and his game now and the role he's playing.
"When you bring it all together into a cohesive unit you get a really exciting team."
Rodgers also believes Sturridge has the potential to be mentioned in the pantheon of great strikers which have played for Liverpool, stating;
“You would need to look at that in three or four years’ time.
“You have got to be consistently doing that for a few years before you can even consider that but he’s certainly got the potential.
“What Daniel has shown over the past year or so playing regularly is that if he can maintain his fitness and get on the field regularly then he will score goals – it’s as simple as that.”
Liverpool meet Arsenal again tomorrow, hoping to inflict further damage on the Gunners after thrashing them 5-1 at Anfield last weekend, with a place in the sixth round of the FA Cup up for grabs.
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