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'Daniel Sturridge is one of the best players in the world'

A Liverpool legend doesn’t think it would be wise for his former club to cash in on the injured-plagued marksman.

 Daniel Sturridge has had numerous injury problems in recent months.
Daniel Sturridge has had numerous injury problems in recent months.

DANIEL STURRIDGE IS one of the best players in the world and Liverpool would be wrong to sell him, according to the club’s record goalscorer Ian Rush.

The injury-prone 26-year-old has spent most of the last two seasons on the sidelines, starting just 12 Premier League games for the Reds in that time.

And recent reports have suggested that Liverpool’s patience is wearing thin and they are even contemplating cashing in on Sturridge, who has been linked with a big-money switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Rush insists sanctioning such a move would be a disastrous decision by his former club, hailing Sturridge as one of the finest talents on the planet.

“Sturridge is one of the best players in the world,” Rush told Metro.

“If you look when Sturridge plays and the goals he scores, he has been fantastic.

But you have just got to keep him fit. He has got the Euros coming up so he has got a chance between now and the end of the season to prove himself again.”

Another Liverpool striker linked with an Anfield exit is Christian Benteke, who has found it difficult to repay the £32.5m Liverpool shelled out to sign him from Aston Villa in the summer.

The 25-year-old has only netted one league goal in 2016, but he is another marksman who Rush thinks Liverpool shouldn’t give up on just yet.

“With Benteke, I think he is short of confidence,” added the former Wales striker.

I was happy when Liverpool signed Benteke. Two years ago, he was ahead of Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi in the national team.

“He has got ability but he is obviously just frustrated because he is not playing week in, week out.

“It is difficult if you are not playing every week to get yourself match fit. He just needs to score goals.

“He will get his chance and, when he does, he has got to take it. If you are scoring goals, it is hard for a manager to leave you out.”

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