Liverpool legend says 21-goal England star is the perfect striker

Daniel Sturridge Liverpool

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that England international Daniel Sturridge is an example of the perfect modern striker.

Sturridge, now 24, was highly regarded as a youngster with Manchester City but chose to shun a career at the Etihad Stadium in favour of a move to Chelsea in 2009. After just nine goals at Stamford Bridge, the forward was then loaned out to Bolton Wanderers, where he really showed his ability, hitting eight goals in just 12 games.

Upon returning to West London, Sturridge was handed an expanded role in the Blues first team, but not up front - out wide. It was clear that Sturridge wasn't comfortable playing there, and having fallen out of favour in 2012, Liverpool swooped to sign him in a £12m deal.

Since then, Sturridge has been given the chance to play as a centre forward at Anfield and has gone on to score 35 goals in 49 games. Having cemented his place in Roy Hodgson's England team ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer, there are high hopes for the Liverpool star, and Reds hero Carragher believes that he is the perfect modern striker.

"He's a great finisher - people don't talk about that enough," Carragher said. "His finishing ability is second to none. He's got pace, he's got strength - he's the modern striker. He can play wide, he can play off the front and he can play up top."

"The modern striker can't just be someone who stays up front, looking to score a goal and that's all he does," Carragher continued. "The modern player has got to move about and bring a lot more to his game. I think Daniel Sturridge is the perfect type. I think, this season, Sturridge has been the best attacking player England have got."

Despite Carragher's comments, Sturridge can also be quite a wasteful striker. In the Premier League this season, Sturridge was in the top ten of big missed chances from forwards, as seen below.

  TeamPosBig Chance MissedAppsMins
Olivier Giroud Arsenal FW 20 36 3,081
Christian Benteke Aston Villa FW 14 26 2,128
Álvaro Negredo Man City FW 14 32 1,725
Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 14 33 2,964
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle FW 12 24 1,383
Sergio Agüero Man City FW 11 23 1,539
Peter Crouch Stoke FW 11 34 2,643
Edin Dzeko Man City FW 11 31 1,991
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 11 29 2,275
Fraizer Campbell Cardiff FW 10 37 2,773

In order for Sturridge to become one of the top strikers in the world, he needs to become more clinical in front of goal - but from an athletic standpoint, few can match the Liverpool star.

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