Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge can become world-class striker

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge has already shown traits of a world-class striker

Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge can become world-class striker

Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his desire to develop Daniel Sturridge into a world-class striker.

The England international has been one of the key figures in the Reds’s rise to second place in the Premier League this season, scoring 18 top-flight goals.

The 24-year-old forward has scored a staggering 28 goals in 31 Premier League games since Reds manager Rodgers signed Sturridge in a £12m deal from Chelsea in January 2012.

He’s 24, he’s a very mature young guy and he’s come into this club, scored the goals that he has, as well as shown world-class traits

Daniel Sturridge

And the Northern Irishman reckons Sturridge has still got plenty of room for improvement as Rodgers aims to help the former Chelsea and Manchester City striker become one of the best finishers in the world.

“He’s a really terrific boy,” said Rodgers. “He’s humble, but he’s also full of belief and confidence, which the best players have.

“He’s 24, he’s a very mature young guy and he’s come into this club, scored the goals that he has, as well as shown world-class traits.

“I told him when he came in, that our aim over the next three years was to help him develop into a world-class player.

“He’s got all the abilities and he must just continue showing them on the field.”

Rodgers believes Liverpool have been able to provide the perfect environment to develop.

“He just needed a platform to develop and he’s made great strides since he’s been here,” Rodgers added.

“At 24, he still has a lot more development and he’s focused on being the best he can be.”

Gossip
Erik ten Hag
Man United set to miss out on signing FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong - report
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Croatia attacker ‘appreciated’ by Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel
Gossip
Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC set to announce signing of Fulham teenager Fabio Carvalho - report
Gary Neville
Gary Neville predicts where Arsenal, Tottenham will finish
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool FC’s penalty shootout win over Chelsea FC in FA Cup final
Gossip
Erik ten Hag
Man United set to miss out on signing FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong - report
Gossip
Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano: Croatia attacker ‘appreciated’ by Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel
Gossip
Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC set to announce signing of Fulham teenager Fabio Carvalho - report
Gary Neville
Gary Neville predicts where Arsenal, Tottenham will finish
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool FC’s penalty shootout win over Chelsea FC in FA Cup final
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature