Sturridge plays more like a Brazilian than me, says Lucas Leiva
Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva feels that striker Daniel Sturridge plays more like a Brazilian than he does.
The 26-year-old midfielder is the second player to praise the England international, after Philippe Coutinho hailed Sturridge’s pace and skill.
And Lucas also feels that the young forward, who has scored 15 goals in 19 games for Liverpool, could pass for a Brazilian.
Lucas told the Liverpool Echo: "Daniel needs to feel that the team are really behind him and he's got that here. What we're all trying to do is make him feel really comfortable.
"He has scored a lot of goals since he joined the club and has made a really good impact. We hope he keeps that form going.
"He missed nearly all of pre-season with an ankle injury but he's naturally a very sharp and strong striker. He didn't lose his fitness when he was out and has started the season brilliantly.
"His confidence is high going into the United game and hopefully he can keep this scoring run going. If he keeps scoring goals then we will have a better chance to achieve our targets this season.
"With me being a holding midfielder, Daniel plays more like a Brazilian than I do.
"He has so much ability and skill. You can see there is a great understanding between him and Philippe Coutinho.
"Daniel has got so much potential. He has all the skills to be one of the best strikers in the world for sure. We have seen that with his performances for the club so far.
"This is a big season for him and I know how much he wants to do well. With the World Cup next summer there will be a big reward if he keeps performing like this."