Jordan Henderson backs Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge to become world class

The striker returned and impressed in the 6-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Daniel Sturridge will become world class if he can maintain his fitness in future, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has told the Liverpool Echo.

The striker has spent the vast majority of the season on the treatment table once again, with a series of niggling injuries having severely limited his game time.

He returned with a flourish on the weekend though, showing his class in the 6-0 victory over Aston Villa.

He bagged the first goal of the game to show the Reds what they have sorely been missing, and Henderson has now backed him to become world class if he can maintain his fitness.

“He's definitely one of the best. When he is firing, he is one of the best in the world, really,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“He is that good. Finishing, touches, movement - he has got everything. He gets one chance and scores one goal and that is the difference.”

“His biggest problem is getting a run of games, finding consistency and just staying fit. That is the only issue. If he stays fit, he becomes world class.”

That is certainly the biggest problem for Sturridge, maintaining his fitness for an extended period.

He has done that before though, managing to play in 29 games during the 2013/14 season alongside Luis Suarez, scoring 21 goals in the process as his side came close to winning the Premier League title.

That shows he is capable of maintaining his fitness over a season, and the Reds will be hoping he can now do that for the rest of this campaign as beyond and they set their eyes on big achievement under Jurgen Klopp.

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