The Reds striker feels both established and up-and-coming stars alike can take inspiration from the 33-year-old's example, both on and off the pitch.
Sturridge said: "He is a legend.
"He is a great man on and off the pitch too. He leads by example and he is someone I look up to. I am happy for him and his family.
"He deserves everything he gets because he works hard and he is someone everybody looks up to.
"He is a leader and the captain of the boys. He is an example for the youth coming up now and he is somebody I look up to still."
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