Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was effusive in his praise for Daniel Sturridge after the striker’s hat-trick gave the Reds a 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, the
It was the former Chelsea forward’s first treble in senior football, the newspaper adds, and maintained Liverpool’s late season unbeaten run that now stretches to seven games. Rodgers’ side end the campaign with a home fixture against relegated Queens Park Rangers, although Liverpool cannot finish any higher or lower than seventh place in the table.
Rodgers said: “Daniel was outstanding. He scored three goals and he could have had maybe six. I think that’s his 11th goal in 15 games since joining Liverpool so he has made a great start to his career. If he keeps improving, keeps training well, then I think he will have an outstanding couple of years for us.”
The former Swansea City manager did however criticise Sturridge for not passing to a better-placed teammate in one instance, when he had only two goals to his name, but Rodgers conceded that as a striker in search of his hat-trick goal, it was at least understandable.
It was Fulham who took the lead in the match, opening the scoring through Dimitar Berbatov but the advantage held for only three minutes before Sturridge got on the score sheet for the first time. He put Liverpool in front just after the hour mark and rounded out the scoring five minutes from full time.
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