Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers feels that Daniel Sturridge is current the best English striker in footballReuters

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claims that Daniel Sturridge is a superior player to Tottenham's Harry Kane despite the latter being in superb form this season.

Sturridge, who was in excellent form last season, scoring 21 goals in 29 English Premier League appearances, has not been able to make an impact this time around due to him spending five months on the sidelines with a thigh and a calf injury.

Kane, on the other hand, has been in scintillating form this season, scoring a total of 22 goals from 34 appearances in all competitions.

The 21-year-old's excellent performances this season has prompted the likes of Arsene Wenger and David Beckham to publically state that the youngster deserves a call up to the England squad.

However, despite admitting he is certain that Kane will be called up by England boss Roy Hodgson, Rodgers insists that Sturridge is the better striker.

"I'm sure Daniel is happy there's another English striker coming through because if Harry Kane is going to be of the level to play for England, which I believe he is, then that helps Daniel and the other Liverpool players who play for England because it means you get another top quality striker," said the Northern Irishman.

"But for me there's not anyone better than Daniel Sturridge. There's no one better. He's got everything in his game if he's playing consistently. His goalscoring record, his pace, his power, he's got everything and as an English striker there's no one better than him."

The former Swansea City boss, who has seen Liverpool beat Tottenham 5-0, 4-0 and 3-0 in the two sides' last three Premier League encounters, feels that the emergence of home grown talent, including Kane and Ryan Mason, has resulted in the Spurs' recent run of good form.

"The big difference for me, from seeing them back then to the way they are now, is the introduction of two home-grown players," he added. "Ryan Mason has been outstanding in the middle of the field. He's a good passer of the ball, a good mover, a very good technical player.

"Harry Kane up front has shown all his life that he's a finisher. He's got different types of finishes. When you play a pressure game, you need your striker to run and press, and he leads the line very well in that aspect.

"For all the players that may come in or out of clubs, we see it's the home grown talents who can make a big difference. And those two have made a significant difference to Tottenham."

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