Daniel Sturridge says other careers at Liverpool have been 'elevated' by Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard and Mehmet Topal

Daniel Sturridge hailed Steven Gerrard as the greatest Liverpool player ever and said he has helped other forwards to enhance their careers.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes that the careers of other notable stars have been 'elevated' by the experience of playing alongside Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard has played his last game for his boyhood club, and is departing to MLS to play for LA Galaxy, and Sturridge paid tribute to the player he has played with both for his club and on the international stage with England.

Sturridge told LFCTV: “He’s got everything, he does everything. I think for a striker he’s a dream to play with because you’re always going to get chances, you’re always going to score and the players that have been here have reaped the rewards of playing with him as well.

“If you look at Michael Owen and [Fernando] Torres, [Luis] Suarez. All their careers have elevated from playing with Stevie, just as they’ve helped him, but I think as strikers you need players who give you the ball in the right areas.

“If you ask a lot of players around the world who they would’ve liked to have played with, a lot of them would say Stevie because of the pinpoint passing accuracy he has as well as getting stuck in and spraying balls 40 yards - as the song says."

During the Premier League era - especially since the turn of the millennium - Gerrard has formed many a productive partnership with the prolific strikers the club have had.

Prior to Michael Owen's move to Real Madrid - it was often talked about how Gerrard and Owen's link up saved Liverpool's skin.

Under Rafa Benitez, Gerrard played an advanced role behind Fernando Torres, and the partnership they struck up was formidable. There were always goals in Gerrard's game and Benitez sought to push him up towards the top end of the field, giving opposition defences major worries when there were two goal threats instead of the one.

For Luis Suarez, it was more about himself and Sturridge for around 18 months, and Gerrard trying to pull the strings from a much deeper role, but there were times that they both benefited from Gerrard's passing range.

With the service that Gerrard provided in his prime, it's probably of little wonder that some great goalscorers had their best years at Anfield.

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