Rodgers hails Sturridge's future

08 October 2013 12:11

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge is on his way to becoming one of Europe's top strikers.

The 24-year-old has scored eight times in nine matches across all competitions this season and has 19 goals in 25 appearances since moving to Anfield from Chelsea in January.

He is expected to feature in England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Poland having won just six caps since his debut in November 2011.

Rodgers admits the striker's development has some way to go but on current evidence he has no doubts about his enduring quality.

"He's got a great touch, is very strong on his left side and his right side, he's got super pace - once he's away, he's away, you're not catching him," said the Reds boss.

"He's clever in his movement and his runs, he's a good footballer; he drops into spaces, picks up the ball, sets the game, spins. He's also got an eye for goal.

"The area that he's looking to improve on is his heading, as he showed last week away at Sunderland.

"He's a boy who I still think there's a lot of improvement to make.

"When he does, I think he can prove to be one of the top strikers in European football."

Sturridge is still not operating at 100 per cent having suffered an ankle injury in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland in May and he missed last month's internationals with a thigh problem.

Source: PA