"You can see Daniel is a very good player," remarked Eriksson.
"He had not played for six months, but he came on in a game like this and you could see he is physically strong, his technique is fantastic and he scored a very good goal."
Yet Eriksson is wary of pushing Sturridge too far, too soon, even though he is struggling for numbers in attack.
After off-loading Rolando Bianchi to Lazio on loan last week, the Swede also has Valeri Bojinov still recovering from cruciate knee ligament surgery and Nery Castillo from a separated shoulder.
"When I came to England in August I had never seen Sturridge play football. I had only heard about him, but I knew of his talent," added Eriksson.
"I saw him a couple of weeks ago in training, initially with the reserves and then the first team, and he showed he is good.
"But I don't know if we can expect him to play for the rest of the matches (in the Premier League) after six months without a game. That might be dangerous and too much."