‘Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge an absolutely inspired signing’

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Daniel Sturridge has been an "absolutely inspired" signing

Michael Owen
Michael Owen has been impressed by Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool Photo: BT

Michael Owen says Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been an “absolutely inspired” signing – but has expressed his concerns over the striker’s fitness problems.

The 24-year-old scored the winner in each of Liverpool’s 1-0 victories over Stoke City, Aston Villa and reigning Premier League champions Manchester United in their opening three Premier League games.

Sturridge has netted 13 goals in 17 top-flight appearances for the Reds following his £12m move to the Merseyside outfit from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The former Manchester City striker missed England’s recent World Cup qualifiers due to a thigh injury, and Owen, who scored 158 goals for Liverpool, expects Sturridge to shine if he can stay fit.

“When Daniel signed I thought to myself: if Chelsea are willing to sell then is he really going to be what Liverpool need?” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Especially considering Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“We hadn’t seen too much of him as he hardly ever played at Chelsea. But he has been an absolutely inspired signing by Brendan Rodgers.

“He has started the season really well.

“The key for him, as I know only too well from my own career, is Liverpool keeping him fit because he looks like he’s got the lot. He’s got pace, skill and he has finishing ability.

“Brendan clearly believes in him. In every walk of life if you feel like your boss is appreciative of what you do and gives you his backing, that’s a big help.

“That’s how a lot of managers have been successful over the years. Tactically, they might have fallen short at times but they were able to get the best out of players.

“In Brendan Rodgers’ case, he looks like he’s very tactically astute and if that’s the case and players also really enjoy playing for him then he’s got the best of both worlds.”

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