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The Reds manager saw the striker become "the best No.9 in European football" as a youth player and is thrilled to oversee him recognizing and achieving his potential at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is delighted to see Daniel Sturridge developing into a confident, top-class player.

The former Chelsea forward, who moved to Anfield in January, has scored seven goals in eight games so far this season and the Reds boss believes that his star man understands his ability and role better than ever.

"He definitely deserves to be playing alongside those world-class talents like [Steven] Gerrard and [Luis] Suarez," Rodgers told the media. "There is no question about that. He's a top player, and, yeah, without him being arrogant, I think he knows he's a good player now. He's 24 and he is finally getting the chance now to show consistently that he's a top player."

Rodgers pointed out that Sturridge has been a big prospect since his youth days, and says all the striker needed was a chance to show what he could do.

"Everyone, from when he was 14, could see his natural talent," the Liverpool boss went on. "I was involved in youth football back then, and at that age he was the best No.9 in European football. He was coveted throughout Europe but just never had the chance to show that ability, perhaps never had the circumstances.

"All he needed was a chance to play and the confidence that everyone believed in in him, which is what he's got at Liverpool."

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