Carra compares Sturridge to past great: One of the best!

Owen Goal

Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has put Daniel Sturridge in the same goal-scoring bracket as Michael Owen.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, 36, believes Daniel Sturridge deserves a share of the plaudits currently predominantly bestowed upon his strike partner, Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan, in near unparalleled form this season having scored 28 and set up 20 in Premier League duty alone (an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assist provided once every 48 minutes he is on the field), is a lock for Player of the Year honours.

"Sturridge has scored 20 goals," Carragher reminded readers of his Sky Sports column.

In 23 appearances in the division, Sturridge has netted 20 and assisted nine, a still extraordinary attacking efficiency of a goal scored/assist provided every 63 minutes on average.

Carragher believes this puts him in the same company as a former prolific Anfield son - Michael Owen.

"Owen was one of the top strikers this club and country has ever seen and he never scored 20 goals in a league campaign so that shows how well Sturridge has done.

"Don't forget that he was out for a couple of months but the run he's been on shows that he's a special talent.

"Liverpool are delighted with him but it's great in terms of England, the summer and the World Cup. If you think about the strikers in this league, he's one of the best."

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