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Rodgers: Sturridge world class

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Daniel Sturridge has the potential to become one of the world's greatest players.

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The England striker scored on his return to action as a substitute in last weekend's 5-3 victory at Stoke following six weeks out with an ankle injury.

And Rodgers is looking for the former Chelsea star to kick on in the second half of the season and cement his position in Roy Hodgson's squad for Brazil.

"My opinion about Daniel has only been reinforced during the time I have worked with him," he said.

"He has a wonderful opportunity over the next couple of years to become world class. He has every tool, every quality to be a world class striker similar to Luis Suarez.

"He came on during the game last weekend and was superb which is a great credit to him on how focused he has been in getting back to full fitness."

On Liverpool's chances of winning their first top-flight title since 1990, Rodgers admits the longer they stay in touch the more seriously their challenge will be taken.

"We are only six points off the lead and we have all the top sides around us to play at home," he said.

"We have got to feel we are in with a chance but everyone will talk about the three clubs ahead of us because their squads have been around there for the past few years and they have big squads to choose from.

"For us it is just a case of continually improving, working and trying to fight to be up there. We really have to push on now to try and stay up there, keep our standards high and that's not just on the games but every day in training.

"Thankfully I have a group of players who are brilliantly focussed on maintaining those standards and we'll take that into every game we play."

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nd we always will love Ozil. I don't really mind if no other team can see just how brilliant he is, or if people think he is rubbish, because we know he is far from it. He is a fantastic player, and if people cannot see that it can only be a good thing, in that he will be at Arsenal for years to come, pulling the strings from behind a glass veil.

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like the list and Ozil in particular does seem under appreciated when you look at his stats (an odd thing considering his fee or maybe because of it). Palace have a few and I've always thought Dwight Gayle at Palace was under rated, certainly when you look at his goals per game ratio. You can probably also add Ryan Bertrand at Saints who should be in the England team in my view.

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ew Shaun Wright Phillips, there I've said it. If any club offers stupid money we'd be stupid to say no, he's not a potential worldie by any stretch and I feel that after a few years warming the bench at city or Chelsea he'll be back at QPR smoking sheesha pipes under Harry Redknapp.

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