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Brendan Rodgers: Best is yet to come from Daniel Sturridge

Updated: Monday, 26 Aug 2013 16:56 | Comments

Daniel Sturridge slots home Liverpool's winner at Villa Park
Daniel Sturridge slots home Liverpool's winner at Villa Park

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is convinced Daniel Sturridge has all the attributes to become one of the world's best strikers.

Sturridge has got Liverpool's season off to a fine start with the match-winning goals in both their opening Premier League games against Stoke and Aston Villa.

It continues the positive impression the 24-year-old has made since his £12million signing from Chelsea in January.

Sturridge scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for the Reds last season and, as he reaches full fitness after an ankle problem in the summer, Rodgers believes he is only going to get better.

Rodgers said: "The frightening thing is that he has still got a bit to go in terms of his fitness.

"He only joined the group in the last few weeks of pre-season - he is still getting up to speed. I think once he is fully fit then he will be even better.

"It is a mark of how hard he has worked in a short period of time. His goals-games record here is incredible in the short period of time he has been here.

"If you assess the world's great strikers - the pace and power they have, the touch, good in the air, two good feet, super quick - then he possesses all of that.

"There are areas to improve in his game but we have released the pressure from him.

"All we demand is he works his socks off. When he does that all his natural talent comes out, and when that comes out there are not too many better."

England manager Roy Hodgson is due to name his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine on Tuesday and Rodgers fully expects Sturridge to be included. 

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