DANIEL STURRIDGE has been hailed as a “natural goalscorer” – by the player who has netted more times for Liverpool FC than any other player, Ian Rush.
Sturridge has made an explosive start to his Anfield career since arriving from Chelsea for £12million in January.
The 23-year-old has netted five times in seven appearances and is expected to return to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Premier League visit to Wigan Athletic having missed the Europa League tie against Zenit St Petersburg through ineligibility.
And Ian Rush – Liverpool’s all-time record scorer with 346 goals – believes the England international is the perfect foil for Luis Suarez up front.
“He’s a natural goalscorer,” said Rush. “The goal he scored against Manchester City, there was no backlift, it was a fantastic strike.
“Before he came, the opposition focused mainly on Luis Suarez and Stevie (Gerrard) but with Sturridge, there’s an added danger. He seems to gel well with Suarez and Stevie.
“He gets the tap-ins as well. (In the past) we’ve had plenty of great shots where the ball has hit the post and come back or the keeper has saved and we’ve just been looking for someone to come along and tap the ball in. Sturridge does that.
“Also, his first touch is incredible in and around the box. He’s very skilful and he’s got a bit of pace. He can drift out to wide left, out to wide right and he can play through the middle.”
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is confident Liverpool have the promise of a brighter future as the next generation prepare for their latest FA Youth Cup assignment.
Liverpool’s youngsters entertain Leeds United at Anfield this evening aiming to reach the last eight of the competition.