Brendan Rodgers: 'Daniel Sturridge form driven by unity'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes that Daniel Sturridge's fine start to the season is down to finding a settled, unified team that plays for him.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has declared that Daniel Sturridge's superb start to life at Anfield has been driven by a sense of belonging and purpose, something he has lacked at other clubs.

Sturridge has scored seven goals in eight games for the Reds so far this season, helping re-establish Liverpool as a contender at the top of the Premier League following a January switch from Chelsea.

Rodgers told The Guardian: "I think any player wants to feel he belongs. You can't do it on your own in this game anyway. Daniel feels very much a part of a team now. You only need to see how hard he is working and how committed he is.

"Tactically he has been very good in the games. What we are asking him to do without the ball. He feels very much a part of the side and around the place he looks very happy to be here.

"He is proud and knows the size of the institution that he is playing for. He's a top player. He's 24 now and he is only just getting the chance to show consistently that he can play with the best."

The England international is in line continue his recent partnership with Luis Suarez for the Reds this weekend, as newly-promoted Crystal Palace visit Anfield.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013
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