Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge proud of Raheem Sterling's performances

Daniel Sturridge admits to acting as an 'older brother' to Raheem Sterling and is 'proud' of his performances as a striker for Liverpool.

Daniel Sturridge has been discussing the form of Raheem Sterling in an advanced striking role with Liverpool’s official website.

Brendan Rodgers has opted to deploy the jet-heeled winger centrally in recent weeks, to help cover the loss of others to injury and dips in form.

Sturridge has been sidelined for much of the campaign, Mario Balotelli has struggled to make an impact at Anfield, while Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have found themselves on the fringes of the fold.

The Reds have seen Sterling excel as a frontman, though, with his pace and movement making him the ideal solution to a selection dilemma.

He was among the goals again on Saturday against West Ham United, with Sturridge also back in the fold and on target in a 2-0 win.

The pair have been working closely together as the latter has edge his way back to full fitness, and Sturridge is delighted to have seen his young teammate taking his advice on board and impressing in his absence.

He told the club’s official website: "He's done extremely well. He's working hard and I'm proud of him as his 'older brother' to look at him and see how well he's done.

"I just hope he continues to work hard and play in the way he has because he's improving every single day. He takes it in his stride - he doesn't get too big headed, he doesn't get overly confident with anything.

"I take him under my arm when he goes through difficult times as well, but I give him all the credit in the world and I'm really proud of him."

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistAppearancesMins Played
Raheem Sterling 5 55 22 5 53 22 1,890

Can Sterling and Sturridge sparkle together?

Rodgers switched to a 3-4-3 formation in mid-December in an effort to rediscover the spark which Liverpool had last season, but struggled to find at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

Sterling has caught the eye at the top of the attacking unit, but will likely slip back to a deep-lying post once Sturridge is considered ready for starting duty.

With Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho also playing well at present, Rodgers will have some tough calls to make – if he opts to stick with his current system.

Depth is something every top squad needs, though, and to have options in the final third should help to keep Liverpool in the mix for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

They have been waiting a long time to have Sturridge back at their disposal, with expectations mounting on his shoulders, and he should flourish with Sterling alongside him – with both men capable of drifting wide or surging down the middle.

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