Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge [Reuters]

Robbie Fowler has backed Daniel Sturridge to become an even better player and win trophies at Liverpool in the coming years.

The 24-year-old is enjoying life with the Merseyside club since joining them in January last year and is currently second on the Premier League top scorer list with 18 goals from 20 appearances this season.

Fowler, Liverpool's fifth-highest goalscorer of all time, believes that Sturridge had a disappointing start to his playing career and was unable to impress during his spells with Manchester City and Chelsea.

But the former Reds star pointed out that the England international has gone from strength to strength under Brendan Rodgers and tips the striker to be part of Roy Hodgson's squad for the summer World Cup in Brazil.

"I see all the qualities an international striker needs. Daniel is on absolute fire at the moment and is nailed on for the World Cup. I have been really impressed by Daniel. There was a lot of pressure on him when he came to Liverpool. Things hadn't quite worked out for him at Man City and Chelsea and people were asking 'can he do it at a big club?' He has answered that brilliantly." Fowler told the Liverpool Echo.

I see all the qualities an international striker needs.
- Robbie Fowler

"If Daniel stays at Liverpool for a long time there's no reason why he can't score many more goals and win trophies here. He has had a few blips along the way but thankfully he has found his place at Liverpool and is setting the world alight. He's a phenomenal player."

Fowler also heaped praise on Rodgers under whom Sturridge has flourished at Anfield. The former striker hailed the Northern Irishman's man-management skills and credited him for bringing out the potential inside the 24-year-old.

"When you've got a manager who believes in you and plays you, it's massive. Brendan is right behind him and Daniel has responded to that. I think that's where Brendan is very good. I don't think I've seen anyone better in terms of man-management for a long, long time," Fowler added.

"Brendan is tactically astute, he knows what he wants and he knows how to engage with players. Daniel has had a few clubs but he seems at home at Liverpool. That is largely down to the way he has been handled by Brendan."