Daniel Sturridge best England striker I’ve played with, says Liverpool captain
Steven Gerrard backs Daniel Sturridge to step out of Luis Suarez's shadow
Steven Gerrard says Daniel Sturridge is possibly the best England striker that the Liverpool captain has played with during his long career.
The 25-year-old hasn’t featured for the Reds since a 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in August after suffering a thigh injury on England duty.
We need him at the moment. We need him back from injury as soon as possible
Sturridge, who scored 21 goals in 29 Premier League appearances, was handed a further injury blow after incurring a calf problem days before his return.
Liverpool have struggled without their talisman Luis Suarez after the Uruguay international completed a £75m move to Barcelona in the summer.
However, Reds captain Gerrard has complete faith in Sturridge’s ability, championing the England international as Suarez’s natural successor.
“For me, when you talk about potential in this country, Daniel Sturridge is the player with the most,” Gerrard told Daily Mail.
“Ability-wise he is possibly the No 1 (English) striker I’ve played with, when you talk about speed, sharpness and skill and different types of goals. Some of the things he does in training blow me away. He could go as far as he wants to go.”
Gerrard added: “Last year he was in Luis’s shadow and now he is not there it’s for Daniel to be Liverpool’s iconic No 9 for many years. We need him at the moment. We need him back from injury as soon as possible.”