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“Steven Gerrard will manage Liverpool one day” — Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is convinced Steven Gerrard will one day become Liverpool manager.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 31, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot with team-mates Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge looks almost certain to make his return from a five-month injury lay-off on Saturday, when Liverpool head to West Ham, and a lot has changed since he last pulled on that famous red shirt.

Liverpool have dropped to eighth in the Barclays Premier League, Brendan Rodgers has changed the team's formation and the club's long-serving captain has announced he is to leave at the end of the season.

Gerrard played a big role in helping Sturridge go from under-performing wannabe to deadly Premier League striker and the 25-year-old admits he is "devastated" that the Liverpool captain is off to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season.

But Sturridge is praying that will not be the last he sees of Gerrard. In fact, the England forward seems pretty sure he will be playing for his hero in the future.

"I'm devastated he's leaving," Sturridge told BBC Sport.

"I think he'll be at the club in some capacity very soon and I'm sure he'll manage the club one day.

"Words can't describe what he's done for Liverpool as well as his country.

"He's still a role model of mine. I look up to him, I think everyone in the squad does. He'll be sorely missed – he's somebody who's given me a lot of experience and helped me to improve as a person and a footballer." PA

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