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 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
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.”