Gerrard: Sturridge could be the best English striker I’ve ever played with

The Liverpool captain championed the ability of Sturridge, and revealed that he sees the former Chelsea man as Luis Suarez's natural successor.

Steven Gerrard has been telling those in the media that despite the pressure on Mario Balotelli's shoulders to replace Luis Suarez, it is someone that was already at the club last year who is best suited to replace the iconic Uruguayan.

And not only was Gerrard paying a huge compliment to his former England teammate Daniel Sturridge by stating he was good enough to take the place of the recent Barcelona recruit, but he also went one further by saying the former Chelsea man was arguably the best English striker he has ever played with.

That sees him above the likes of Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

"For me, when you talk about potential in this country, Daniel Sturridge is the player with the most," Gerrard said.

"Ability-wise he is possibly the No 1 (English) striker I’ve played with, when you talk about speed, sharpness and skill and different types of goals. Some of the things he does in training blow me away. He could go as far as he wants to go.

"Last year he was in Luis’s shadow and now he is not there it’s for Daniel to be Liverpool’s iconic No 9 for many years. We need him at the moment. We need him back from injury as soon as possible."

Only recently turned 25, Sturridge's absence from the Liverpool side has been a big reason for their indifferent form, and he will continue to miss key games against QPR, Chelsea and Real Madrid according to Brendan Rodgers. Despite 1 goal in his 3 appearances, it is clear that the Reds need Sturridge's presence both to ease the pressure on Balotelli and encourage his attacking play.

And when he returns, much like he did at the start of the 2013-14 season, Sturridge is more than capable of helping Liverpool to forget about the shadow of Luis Suarez, and he knows that his captain has his back in such a venture.

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