The English forward has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool FC since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at the Merseyside outfit back in 2015, with the striker having struggled with both form and fitness issues.
However, Sturridge has clearly been working hard behind the scenes and he has thrust himself back into the limelight with a series of strong performances for the Reds in recent weeks.
Most notably, Sturridge came off the bench to fire home a superb equaliser in the second half of Liverpool FC’s clash with Chelsea FC in the Premier League last weekend to earn a 1-1 draw for the Reds at Stamford Bridge.
The 29-year-old will now be aiming to try and hold down a regular spot in the first team this season as he bids to try and force his way into Klopp’s plans.
He has netted two goals in five appearances for the Reds in the Premier League this season – and all of those outings have come as a substitute.
And Liverpool FC defender Van Dijk feels that Sturridge is clearly one of the best in the business when he is on form.
Speaking in an interview with LFC TV, Van Dijk said: “Before I arrived at Liverpool, I said he was one of the best strikers in the league and he shows it when he’s fit.
“Of course he is good enough for England. There shouldn’t be any doubt.
“I know what he’s capable of, how good he can be and when he’s at his best, by playing against him and seeing him in training with the hard work that he puts in and the positivity he brings.
“We have a great squad, world-class players, and he’s one of them.”
Sturridge will have to accept that he is likely to be behind the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the pecking order at Anfield for most of this season.
But having a player of the England striker’s quality as back-up is certainly good news for Liverpool FC, especially as Sturridge looks out to try and prove a point this term.
Meanwhile, the Reds will now look to try and move back to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday by beating current leaders Manchester City at Anfield.
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