Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers Tips Daniel Sturridge for Greatness

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2013

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers feels Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are a marriage made in heaven, and believes the latter has the potential to become one of Europe’s finest strikers.

Rodgers had to wait until September 25th to pair his strikers in the same team this season, on account of Suarez’s suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic last term.

That opening outing was a disappointing one, as Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Since then, though, the pair have proved fairly conclusively that they can play together in the same team.

In games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace, both of which were wins for Liverpool, Suarez and Sturridge were on target and linked up superbly.

In an interview with Sports Direct News in January, Michael Owen openly doubted whether the Reds could accommodate the pair in the same team. 

The early signs are positive, and Rodgers is convinced it is on account of their differing approaches to the same task of scoring goals.

In an interview with Liverpool’s official website, Rodgers shared his thoughts on the matter:

Their qualities are different. If you look at Luis, he's a great box player.

He's got wonderful feet in and around the box, he can make things happen out of nothing, he always has defenders on the back foot because of his trickery, and he can finish left foot or right foot.

Daniel is a different type altogether; he's got all-round great qualities.

He's got a great touch, is very strong on his left side and his right side, he's got super pace.

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 plaudits for Sturridge have been widespread in the early weeks of the season. Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick was gushing in his praise of the striker when speaking with the Daily Express’ Ben Jefferson.

Rodgers, though, feels the forward is only scratching the surface of his potential. "He's a boy who I still think there's a lot of improvement to make," Rodgers said. "When he does, I think he can prove to be one of the top strikers in European football."

Sturridge’s focus is currently on England duty, with the Three Lions facing Montenegro and Poland in the next seven days looking to book their place at the World Cup in Brazil next summer.