Rodgers urges Sturridge to emulate Liverpool greats like Fowler and Rush
Brendan Rodgers urges Daniel Sturridge to emulate Liverpool geats like Robbie Fowler when it comes to the defensive side of his game
Brendan Rodgers wants Daniel Sturridge to study former Liverpool greats such as Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush to help improve the defensive side of the striker’s game.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a promising start to his Reds career after the England international completed a £12m move from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Sturridge has already scored five goals and made two assists in nine appearances for Liverpool, but Rodgers would like to see the youngster work on pressing opposition defenders – an area where team-mate Luis Suárez excels.
“The striker drives the train. This is where the guy leads the line,” Rodgers said.
“Look at the history of this club. Look at [Ian] Rush, [Kenny] Dalglish and how hard these guys worked. The likes of Robbie [Fowler] when he was up there pressing. This club has had a No9 that works his socks off.
“Luis [Suárez] has been playing in the No9 position and is a great leader. That’s where it starts, up there. Daniel has only just come into the club and it’s a new way of working for him.
“I’ve spoken to him about it. It’s so important for us. The striker is the guy who sets the pressure up at the top, and if you don’t have that then the gaps open up.
He added: “Daniel is a real receptive boy, that’s why he is here. He is 23 and knows he needs to improve. We have watched video on how he can improve. Showing videos is something I’ve always done.
“The game is not rocket science. It’s based on top players, and if someone is doing consistency and has done something very well, I always think it’s good to show that. There’s nothing wrong with that.
“We’ll show references of Daniel’s performance in the team and what he can do better.”