I’ll help Luis! Liverpool’s Sturridge vows to help Suárez win Golden Boot
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he will help Luis Suárez leapfrog Robin van Persie and finish as the league's top goal-scorer
Daniel Sturridge has backed Liverpool striker Luis Suárez to win the Premier League’s Golden Boot this season.
The Uruguay international netted his 18th goal of the campaign in a 5-0 victory over Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is one goal ahead of Suárez, but Sturridge is confident he can help the South American leapfrog his Dutch rival.
“I don’t see why not. There are 11 games left for us so I’m sure he can [win it],” said Sturridge.
“I’ll try and help him get there and give him opportunities. It’s always good to get individual glories as a player because they’re the things you can look back on at the end of your career and tell your grandchildren you were top scorer for that season.
“I’m sure he’ll be gunning for that and I’ll try to help him get there.
Sturridge also paid credit to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard for allowing the £12m signing take the club’s second penalty in an emphatic win.
The Reds skipper had initially signalled for Jamie Carragher to take the 71st-minute spot-kick before allowing Sturridge to assume the responsibility.
“Stevie was very nice to me and let me have the penalty,” he said. “I guess he knew my pain and thought he would be kind to me.
“Before that, the ‘keeper made some good saves and I was hitting the target. When you hit the target and the ‘keeper saves it, there’s nothing you can really do. The ‘keeper did his job, I was doing my job – he got the better of me.
“So I was lucky that I got the penalty from Stevie and I’m happy that I put it away.
“He was asking Carra first, then I asked him. In the end, he let me have it and I thank him very much for giving me the opportunity to score another goal.”