Sturridge hails Rodgers for his success with Liverpool and England
Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has morphed into one of the finest strikers in the country this season. The England international is in red-hot goalscoring form this season. Sturridge credits his manager Brendan Rodgers for developing him into a top notch player this season.
Sturridge claims Rodgers not only provided him with an opportunity to shine, but helped him in building an on-field character. Sturridge further added that he was lucky to have a “manager to understand me as a person”.
Sturridge was signed in by Rodgers during the January transfer window earlier this year. Since moving to Anfield Sturridge has been in blazing hot form for the Merseyside club. The striker has scored 21 goals in 27 games for Liverpool since his transfer.
With eight goals in ten games, Sturridge is hot-favorite to win the Golden Boot in the Premier League this season. Sturridge’s impressive form has also earned the striker a spot in England’s squad.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea player is starting to receive regular call-ups from England manager Roy Hodgson. The 24-year-old striker is expected to lead England’s attack in the 2014 World Cup if he continues with his impressive form.
Sturridge insists Rodgers is behind all the success he has gained in the last year.
“It’s been so much. I can’t thank him enough,” Sturridge told ESPN FC. “First and foremost for giving me an opportunity; also he talks to me a lot and tells me about my game, he’s pushing me and doesn’t let me rest on my laurels. I’m not the type of person to do that as I’m always critical of myself, but sometimes he tells me not to be so critical of myself.
“He wants me to improve, to constantly improve my game and never be content. That’s everything from the tactics, to listening to the manager, and he wants me to be on point all the time. For me that’s great to have a manager to understand me as a person and get along with.”