The Reds snapped up the England international for £12m from Chelsea earlier in January as Brendan Rodgers moved quickly to bolster his attacking options at Anfield.
Sturridge, 23, had fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and had struggled with a string of niggling injuries earlier this season.
And although Ferguson – whose side host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon – understands Sturridge’s decision to quit Chelsea for Anfield, he believes it remains to be seen whether he can repay Rodgers’ faith in him.
“The big issue for Liverpool is whether they include new signing Daniel Sturridge,” Ferguson told United Review.
“Certainly the arrival of Sturridge gives Brendan Rodgers more strength and options up front.
“Sturridge has had a few clubs but I don’t blame him for jumping at the chance of joining Liverpool because he just wasn’t playing regularly with Chelsea and I always rate a player whose priority is wanting to play.
“Even so, his track record moving between a number of clubs suggests Brendan Rodgers is taking a bit of a gamble, but he clearly knows what he is doing.”
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