Daniel Sturridge tipped to be Liverpool's main man by Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Daniel Sturridge will improve to 'another level' this season in the aftermath of Luis Suarez leaving the club and also believes that Rickie Lambert will be key to the 24-year-old's success, according the club's official site.

Sturridge signed for Liverpool in January 2013 for a sum on £12million, and has been a massive success at Anfield, scoring 35 goals in 49 appearances. He's looked like a different player since his move from Chelsea, however Rodgers believes Sturridge will improve further this year with the help of England team-mate Lambert.

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Rodgers' quotes

The Northern Irishman said: "I looked at the combination of Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert in training today and they were exceptional; the link-up play and some of their combination play was great

"I think you'll see Daniel go on another level again this season, with the confidence of a full campaign last year and scoring the goals he did. Hopefully he can stay injury free this season.

"We've [also] got Rickie Lambert who will get goals for us. He's starting to really get comfortable with the group.

"We've got a number of players that go and facilitate the role [of goalscoring]."

Despite scoring 21 league goals last season, Sturridge was very much seen as the number two man at Anfield, behind Suarez. The Liverpool team was built around the Uruguayan, which saw Sturridge sacrifice his favoured central position at times and player wider.

Suarez aftermath

However, now the Suarez has left for Barcelona, it seems that Rodgers looks to build his team around Sturridge, and the potential that the striker has this season is superb. 

Nonetheless, it is likely that Rodgers will bring another striker in before the end of the transfer window, to challenge the pair for a place in the Liverpool starting XI. The Reds decided not to go ahead with signing QPR striker Loic Remy due to a failed medical and are rumoured to be renewing their interest in Swansea City forward Wilfried Bony.

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