Liverpool striker Brendan Rodgers believes that Daniel Sturridge can become one of the greatest players in the world.
The striker scored on his return to the Liverpool first team fold, and also set Luis Suarez up as Liverpool ran out emphatic 5-3 winners away at Stoke City.
Sturridge was ruled out for six weeks with an unfortunate injury, but Rodgers believes that Sturridge is back to his best, and can become one of the greatest players in the world.
Rodgers stated in an interview….
My opinion about Daniel has only been reinforced during the time I have worked with him,” he said.
“He has a wonderful opportunity over the next couple of years to become world class. He has every tool, every quality to be a world class striker similar to Luis Suarez.
“He came on during the game last weekend and was superb which is a great credit to him on how focussed he has been in getting back to full fitness.”
On Liverpool’s chances of winning their first top-flight title since 1990, Rodgers admits the longer they stay in touch the more seriously their challenge will be taken.
“We are only six points off the lead and we have all the top sides around us to play at home,” he said.
“We have got to feel we are in with a chance but everyone will talk about the three clubs ahead of us because their squads have been around there for the past few years and they have big squads to choose from.
“For us it is just a case of continually improving, working and trying to fight to be up there. We really have to push on now to try and stay up there, keep our standards high and that’s not just on the games but every day in training.
“Thankfully I have a group of players who are brilliantly focussed on maintaining those standards and we’ll take that into every game we play.”
The striker has formed a superb partnership with Luis Suarez, as the Reds push for a Champions League place, for the first time since 2009.
Liverpool are currently fourth in the table, and face struggling Aston Villa at Anfield on the weekend.
By Ben Reardon