Rodgers: Sturridge is outstanding
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Published 13/05/2013 | 07:21
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers showered praise on Daniel Sturridge after watching the striker gun down Fulham in a 3-1 victory with his first Premier League hat-trick.
Liverpool stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches thanks to three strikes from the 23-year-old in the win at Craven Cottage.
Sturridge equalised Dimitar Berbatov's opener with a brilliant finish from Andre Wisdom's long pass. He then put Liverpool 2-1 up with an opportunistic finish before rounding off the win with a clever chip over Mark Schwarzer after he latched on to Philippe Coutinho's pass for his 11th goal in the 15 games he has played since moving to Anfield in January.
"Daniel was outstanding. He scored three goals and he could have had maybe six," Rodgers said.
"I think that's his 11th goal in 15 games since joining Liverpool so he has made a great start to his career. If he keeps improving, keeps training well, then I think he will have an outstanding couple of years for us.
"He's not perfect. He should have squared one when he was through. But he was looking for his hat-trick, he's a goalscorer, and to be greedy you've got to be good.
"He's an outstanding player."
Fulham manager Martin Jol admitted his team were second best, but he felt they should have had a penalty in the second half when Bryan Ruiz's shot struck Lucas' hand in the Liverpool box.
"It should have been a penalty," the Dutchman said. "(The game) was frustrating. Normally if we score we win games. We never seem to win games after being down."
Fulham reached the 40-point mark four weeks ago, but they have lost their last five games. Although the west London club are safe, Jol admits things are not looking good for his squad regarding next season, but added: "Hopefully you get players in who could be good and strengthen us. If not you have a problem."