Liverpool 2 West Ham 0: Brendan Rodgers hails ‘top-class’ Daniel Sturridge

Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

Brendan Rodgers welcomed Daniel Sturridge’s goal-scoring return after Liverpool edged to victory over West Ham United at Anfield.

The 25-year-old made his long-awaited return from a string of injuries in the 67th minute as he replaced impressive Lazar Markovic.

He worked very hard and the first opportunity that came his way he took

Brendan Rodgers

The England international took just 13 minutes to get back amongst the goals after he collected Philippe Coutinho’s pass and finish past Adrian.

Brendan Rodgers admitted Sturridge’s absence has hampered their top-four bid this season, so the Liverpool manager was understandably delighted to have the forward fit again.

“Daniel Sturridge is a top class player, he has shown that in his career so far. He worked very hard and the first opportunity that came his way he took. It was a wonderful pass by Philippe Coutinho,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock against the Hammers on Merseyside as he scored his fourth league goal of the season before Sturridge sealed the win.

The 43-year-old Reds boss praised Liverpool’s response following their disappointing Capital One Cup semi-final exit at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

“We were obviously disappointed in midweek with the result at Chelsea in the Capital One Cup. We knew coming into today it was going be a tough game.

“West Ham have done great this season, but we had to win the battle and compete, fight and press. My players did that magnificently well. Maybe we could have had more than two goals.”

Liverpool moved ahead of West Ham into seventh place after their narrow win.

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