Date: 24th October 2018 at 1:36pm
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Liverpool legend Ian Rush has called on the club to hand striker Daniel Sturridge a new deal after his impressive start to the season.

Sturridge has scored four goals in ten appearances so far this season after reviving his Liverpool career in the summer following an unsuccessful loan spell away with West Bromwich Albion.

Rush has now praised the 29-year-old for his form so far this term and backed the England international to earn a new deal at Anfield, with his current contract running out in the summer.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “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.”

OPINION

This is some important backing for Sturridge from a club legend in Rush. It is no secret that Sturridge has had a tough time of it over the past few years, with the England international never really recovering from a series of injuries before being shipped out on loan to West Brom last season. It was a similar story back home in the Midlands for Sturridge as he spent much of his time at the Hawthorns on the treatment table, and many thought that the Reds would cut their losses in the summer. They however decided against that, with Danny Ings the player to depart, and Sturridge has really taken his second chance. He has spoken so highly of the club this season as well and you can tell that he really loves every second of playing for Liverpool. His form this season certainly warrants an extended stay, but the club should wait for a few more months to pass before entering talks. That will give them time to test if Sturridge is truly over his injury problems, and allow them to assess his form over a longer period.