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Ian Rush Backs Sturridge to Stay At Liverpool Through January

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In his third season since scoring 21 Premier League goals for Liverpool during their 2013-14 title challenge, Daniel Sturridge has yet to put together another impressive end-to-end campaign. He's still searching for his first league goal this year, and many reports have linked him with a January transfer move.

Injuries have certainly played a part in the striker's struggles, but with the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané excelling in the attack for much of the season, he's found it difficult to earn opportunities even when healthy.

Even so, club legend Ian Rush lauded his finishing ability and backed him to regain his standing with the Reds in the coming months.

"[Sturridge] is a major part of Liverpool football club," Rush said (via the Mirror). "He's probably the most gifted finisher we have.He's a fantastic player, fantastic finisher and I'm sure when he's fit he'll make himself available."

As such, Rush advised the club to hold onto Sturridge through the upcoming transfer window.

"For me I think it would be wrong if Liverpool got rid of him because for me he's a great finisher," Rush said. "Daniel Sturridge is a team player. When you get there it's about taking that chance and I'm sure his chance will come.