England captain Steven Gerrard has applauded the influence Liverpool manager Brendon Rodgers has had on striker Daniel Sturridge ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers, the
Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January in an undisclosed deal, thought to be in the region of £12m, and went on to score 11 goals in 16 appearances last season. The ex-Manchester City man, who came through the youth set up at City, has continued where he left off last season, finding the net on eight occasions already this season.
Gerrard, who has clocked up 105 appearances for the national team, has been delighted with the way Sturridge has settled in at the Anfield club, and believes that manager Brendon Rodgers has been key to Sturridge’s rise.
“You wonder why [Manchester] City have moved Daniel on and why Chelsea have let him come to us. I had seen signs and huge potential. But I hadn’t seen it on a consistent basis,” Gerrard said.
“But working with him daily and seeing the form he has been in of late, it is scary to think what he might become. I have no hesitation in saying he has the potential to be world-class. He is that good.
“The key for Daniel was to have a manager who believed in him, play him every game and build a team around him that gave him a platform to prove he is a top player. So far, so good. But what he has produced at Liverpool everyone is waiting [for] with England. Hopefully that is what we see over the next seven or eight days.”
Sturridge has six international caps for England and scored his only international goal in England’s 8-0 victory over San Marino earlier this year. The striker is part of the England squad that face its decisive final two World Cup qualifying games at Wembley over the next week against Montenegro and Poland.
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