FRESH START … Daniel Sturridge has been told to grab his chance with both hands
STEVEN GERRARD has told new Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge: This is your time to shine.
Despite being just 23, the Reds are Sturridge’s third major club having left Manchester City for Chelsea before moving on to Anfield.
And Gerrard believes it is now or never for the England striker to silence the doubters and prove he can deliver the goods on a regular basis.
Liverpool skipper Stevie G said: “Daniel has the quality. I know he’s got it — I’ve seen it.
“He suffered a bit at City and moved on to Chelsea, where he hasn’t played as much as he wanted but has shown flashes of brilliance.
“I think he’s at the age now when he needs to settle down, get a settled club and show consistently what qualities he’s got.
“If he can start producing that for us on a weekly basis he can help this club move forward to where we want to be.
“He has said he wants to play football for a big club, the stage is set for him.
POINTING THE WAY … Steven Gerrard wants Daniel Sturridge to impress
“There will be no excuses for him. He will be playing with good players at a great club.
“It’s all there for him. He just has to go and grasp it with both hands.
“He’s at an age now where he should be performing week in, week out.”
It remains to be seen how £12million man Sturridge will react to playing second fiddle to red-hot strike partner Luis Suarez.
But Gerrard reckons the duo have what it takes to hit the ground running and fire Liverpool into the top four.
He added: “Daniel’s arrival will help the club. He’s got power, pace, strength — he has got huge potential.
“he’s another attacking option and if you look at the bigger picture from the beginning of the season up until now, we have been a little bit short in the final third.
“He will add more strength in depth for us and let’s hope he’s not the last face in January because we certainly need a couple more in.”
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