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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sturridge closes on RvN record

 
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed Daniel Sturridge after the striker became only the second player in Premier League history to score in eight consecutive games.

Jolly: Reds mounting challenge 

Sturridge, 24, struck twice on Sunday as the Reds ran out 4-3 winners against Swansea in a pulsating clash at Anfield.

The England international's double means he is now closing in on former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 10 games -- set between March 2003 and August 2003 -- after overtaking Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, who both managed to score in seven straight matches.

And Rodgers was full of praise for Sturridge, who took his Premier League tally for the season to 18 goals from just 19 appearances, after his performance helped push fourth-placed Liverpool within just four points of league leaders Chelsea.

"He's a natural goalscorer," Rodgers told a news conference. "He looks like he can score in every single game.

"He's got the ability, he's got the quality and thankfully he plays for us here and has still got a lot of improving to do."

Jordan Henderson also grabbed a brace for Liverpool to help fire their total tally in the league this season to 70 goals, making them the top scorers in the division.

Rodgers was delighted with his midfielder’s all-round display, and believes he has come on leaps and bounds for the club this season.

"Jordan showed great leadership today," he said. "You could see him driving the team on.

"His first goal was an outstanding goal. We've been talking to him about getting up there [into the penalty area] because in training his finishing is sublime."

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