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Rodgers: Sturridge can be top European striker

8 October 2013 14:15

Brendan Rodgers has backed Daniel Sturridge to be one of the top strikers in Europe if he maintains his early-season form.

The 24-year-old has scored six goals in seven Premier League starts this season, making him the top scorer in the division.

Rodgers has been impressed with the way Sturridge initially filled the void left by Luis Suarez's suspension and believes the former Chelsea forward is beginning to fulfil his potential.

"Daniel has got all-round great qualities," Rodgers told Liverpool's official website. "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.

"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 part of Roy Hodgson's England squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro, and will be looking to add his solitary international goal in the two matches at Wembley.

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