Rodgers: Sturridge can still improve as Liverpool boss continues to play down title talk

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The Liverpool boss believes there is more to come from Sturridge as he continues to play down his side's title chances.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that striker Daniel Sturridge could become ‘world class’ at Liverpool after an impressive 14 months on Merseyside.

Rodgers told TalkSport: “He has got everything to be a world class striker.

“He’s been given an opportunity here at a huge club and a lot of people are helping him to implement his talent.

“He’s a good boy. He’s got a lot of bad press before he came here that he had this certain arrogance about him.

“But he’s a boy at 24 years of age who has all the tools – the speed, the power, two great feet and he’s getting better in the air.

“He still has a lot of improvements to make but the combination between him and Luis [Suarez] gives us a real threat."

Sturridge has scored 18 goals in 20 appearances in the league this campaign, despite a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury between November and January. He is only second in the Premier League scoring charts to striker Luis Suarez – who has found the net on 24 occasions so far this campaign.

Any improvement on the Englishman’s strike rate from this season would see him produce a staggering goal record for Liverpool.

Rodgers also spoke about the title race, and said that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is right to say that City are favourites to become champions. The Liverpool boss still appears keen to keep a lid on expectations that his side will end up with their first top flight crown since 1990 this season.

“People will know it’s unprecedented really to go from seventh to winning the title, especially when you look at the squads of Man City and Chelsea.

“I have never made a big push publicly about us winning the title. For me it’s not about playing down expectations or mind games, it’s really about taking a humble approach to the season.

“We have been letting our actions on the pitch do the talking and remaining dignified in our approach to everything. We’ve been looking to improve our performance levels and that’s getting better all the time.”

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