Sturridge deserves new Liverpool contract following key realisation, says Rush

Ian Rush knows a thing or two about scoring goals for Liverpool , and he’s backed Daniel Sturridge to keep on doing it.

Reds legend Rush is the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 346 strikes across his two spells at the club, and sees two similarities with what Sturridge is experiencing now.

Rush left the Reds for Juventus in 1987, and although he enjoyed his time in Turin he ended up returning to Anfield a year later.

While in the final season of his Liverpool career in 1995/96, Rush played a valuable supporting role to the Robbie Fowler-Stan Collymore partnership, scoring seven goals in 29 games.

Sturridge also briefly left Liverpool for West Brom last season , and is ably backing up Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in this campaign, joining Salah and Mane on four goals so far.

He’s out of contract at the end of this campaign, but Rush is backing him to earn a new deal.

"There’s only so many who can play," the Welsh legend exclusively told Mirror Sport.

"I remember when it was myself, Fowler and Collymore. There was only two places up for grabs so when you get your chance you’ve got to take it. It’s as simple as that.

"I think Sturridge is a fantastic player. When he went to West Brom he may have realised that ‘I want to be back at Liverpool’. He’s got a second chance now and he’s done really well so far. Hopefully that will continue.

"As for a new contract? Yeah, I think so.

"I think it’s one of those where he’s playing for a contract now. So it’s even more important to him to show how good he can be."

For now though, Sturridge is continuing to play second fiddle to the like of Salah.

The Egyptian chased Rush’s club record of 47 goals in a season in the last campaign, ultimately scoring 44 .

But Rush says Salah doesn’t have to hit those numbers again for this to be an even more impressive season.

"He’s 100 per cent had too much criticism," said Rush.

"For me last year he was the best in the world. You talk about Messi and Ronaldo but I think Salah was a joy to watch. He was unbelievable.

"But it would be very surprising if he reached the heights he did last year, scoring so many goals. I think this year people are doubling up on him. So I think even if he ‘only’ gets 30 goals this season that will improve him as a player as well.

"I experienced it. You have to improve yourself as a player and that’s what Salah’s doing now. He’s not just scoring goals he’s making them as well.

"When people suss you out you’d got to do something different again, year in, year out to be successful. That’s what I learned, and I think that’s what Salah is learning too. He knows there are more people marking him and he knows he can improve.

"Thirty goals this season would, in a way, but more impressive than what he did last season."

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