Jamie Carragher claims that a fit Daniel Sturridge is second only to Sergio Aguero in a list of the best Premier League strikers.
Sturridge scored twice in Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, and Carragher said: “That coolness, if Liverpool can get him firing then there’s only really Aguero who’s a better striker than him.
“If Sturridge is at his best, if he can stay fit, like the Sturridge we saw when Liverpool almost won the league (in the 2013-14 season), if you look around the top teams, there’s only Aguero you’d have before him.”
0.65 – Daniel Sturridge has the best goals per game rate of any Liverpool player in Premier League history. Vital.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 26, 2015
Carragher clearly rates Sturridge above Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Tottenham forward Harry Kane.
He also reserved special praise for strike partner Danny Ings, whose hard work created space for Sturridge against Villa.
“Sturridge is finishing and deserves the accolades, but a lot of it is coming from Danny Ings,” said Carragher. “He’s pressing people, running in behind them and making the game quicker.
“If Danny Ings keeps playing like that it’ll be difficult for (Christian) Benteke to get back into team when he comes back.”