"I honestly believe heâ€™s got the potential to be a really good buy for Liverpool over the coming years.
"I did the phone-in on Radio City after Saturdayâ€™s win against Fulham and I was surprised by a lot of the negative comments about Sturridge.
"As far as Iâ€™m concerned, heâ€™s got pace, heâ€™s strong and he knows where the net is.
"Itâ€™s pretty clear that he needed a fresh start after things had gone stale for him down in London.
"He had three and a half years at Chelsea and never really got a run of games. When you look at how many matches he actually started for Chelsea his strike-rate is around one goal for every two games, which is decent.
"I remember being really impressed by him when he went out on loan to Bolton two years ago. If he can repeat that kind of form at Anfield then we will all be happy.
"I donâ€™t think Â£12million is a bad price to pay for a 23-year-old who has the ability to become a regular England international."