In addition to his goal, Sturridge linked up encouragingly with fellow forward Luis Suarez - and Aldridge has been buoyed by our new No.15's early showings.
"I was delighted with the goal he got. As a former striker, who scored goal after goal in that manner, it was great to see that movement and instinct from a young player.
"How many times in recent seasons have we seen shots like that bounce off the 'keeper or off the post and go to safety? Not with Sturridge. He was on it in a flash, twice as quick as Rafael, and Liverpool need that kind of sharpness and smartness around the penalty area."