Rush expects goals to flow for Sturridge

Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes January signing Daniel Sturridge will have no problem finding the net on a regular basis because he is a "natural goalscorer".

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Sturridge moved to Anfield in the winter transfer window after struggling to force his way into the Chelsea first team, and has been an instant hit after netting five goals in his first seven appearances for the club.

The impact he has had since joining the Reds has ensured fans have warmed up to him almost instantly, and although he has a long way to go before he can match Rush, who netted 346 goals in 660 games, the England international has received a huge vote of confidence from the Liverpool legend.

"He has been absolutely fantastic - just what the supporters have been looking for," the Welshman said on the club's official website.

"He's a natural goalscorer. The goal he scored against Manchester City, there was no backlift, it was a fantastic strike.

"He gets the tap ins as well. [In the past] we've had plenty of great shots where the ball has hit the post and come back or the keeper has saved and we've just been looking for someone to come along and tap the ball in.

"Sturridge does that."

However, Rush does not believe the 23-year-old is a one-dimensional player, and identified several other attributes that make him such a danger to opposition defences.

"His first touch is incredible in and around the box," he added. "He's very skilful and he's got a bit of pace.

"He can drift out to wide left, out to wide right and he can play through the middle."

Already, Sturridge has shown signs of forming a good partnership with Luis Suarez, something Rush believes is down to both of them being intelligent footballers.

"The key to a successful partnership is both players having a footballing brain because it's all about how you read each other's game," said the 51-year-old, who also played for Juventus, Leeds and Newcastle.

"You can practise as much as you want on the training pitch but it's about how you link during the game.

"Sturridge will read Suarez and look for a rebound from his shots. If Suarez goes out to the right, then Sturridge can come into the middle or vice versa.

"I'm looking forward to watching their partnership blossom and I hope it will develop into one of those special partnerships but only time will tell."

Liverpool are next in action on Saturday when they visit Wigan in the Barclays Premier League.

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