Daniel Sturridge is one of the best players in the world, says Ian Rush

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Daniel Sturridge divides opinion amongst Liverpool fans.

Some consider him one of the best strikers in the club’s history, while others have lost patience with his constant injury issues.

The 26-year-old has missed 75 matches for the Reds through numerous minor injuries since arriving from Chelsea in January 2013 for £12 million.


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However, during his first season-and-a-half at Anfield, Sturridge’s goalscoring record was pretty remarkable.

By the end of the 2013/14 campaign, he had managed 35 goals in 49 matches in all competitions and appeared to be a fantastic signing by Brendan Rodgers.

Injury after injury

But then the injuries occurred.

He only made 18 appearances in all competitions last season and was plagued with niggles during the first-half of this campaign.

But, Sturridge has been fit since January after an extended spell on the sidelines and has managed seven goals in his 14 appearances this term.

Some Liverpool fans may still remain unconvinced on the striker, but the man who is probably most qualified to have an opinion is in no doubt whatsoever about what the club should do with Sturridge.

Rush is convinced

Ian Rush is Liverpool's all-time record goalscorer and is convinced that the striker possesses immense ability.

“Sturridge is one of the best players in the world,” Rush told, per The Sun.

“If you look when Sturridge plays and the goals he scores, he has been fantastic.

“But you have just got to keep him fit. He has got the Euros coming up so he has got a chance between now and the end of the season to prove himself again,” he added.

Rush scored an incredible 346 goals for the Merseysiders, so he is very much entitled to an opinion on Liverpool strikers.

Rush on Benteke

While fans are undecided on one striker - Sturridge - a large majority of the fanbase would like to see another striker sold - Christian Benteke.

However, Rush believes that the Belgian should also stay at the club, believing that he's suffering from a confidence issue, rather than a lack of ability.

“With Benteke, I think he is short of confidence,” Rush added.

“I was happy when Liverpool signed Benteke. Two years ago, he was ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi in the national team.

“He has got ability but he is obviously just frustrated because he is not playing week in, week out.

“It is difficult if you are not playing every week to get yourself match fit. He just needs to score goals.

“He will get his chance and, when he does, he has got to take it. If you are scoring goals, it is hard for a manager to leave you out," he concluded.

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