Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Daniel Sturridge can learn from his strike partner Luis Suarez.
The England international is set to return to first-team duty earlier than expected this weekend as the reds travel to Stoke.
Prior to his injury – seven weeks ago – Sturridge had formed the most feared partnership in the Premier League with Suarez, with the pair dubbed ‘SAS’.
Despite the Uruguayan’s five game lay off at the start of the season and the ex-Chelsea man’s fitness issues, they have notched a staggering combined 29 goals already this term.
Suarez has been, arguably, world football’s top striker in the absence of his on-field partner, and Rodgers feels that his returning ace can learn from the in-form hit-man:
“For me, as a coach, the experience of working with Luis is something that is going to stay with me now for a lifetime,” he is quoted by The Mirror.
“To work with someone with that determination and desire and will to win is a joy… and that type of attitude can really influence the younger players because it is a real eye-opener.
“Every player is different, but the clever ones learn. Luis is what he is, which is a competitor, a performer. And if there is a great role model for Daniel, then it is Luis, only being a couple of years older at 26, and being a world-class striker.”
Rodgers will be hopeful that Sturridge’s return can help the Merseysiders’ to build on their impressive opening half of the season, which currently sees them occupy a spot in the top four.