Former Chelsea striker believes his role model will return to the Anfield dugout in the future.

Sturridge backs Gerrard to become Liverpool boss.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is convinced the Reds captain Steven Gerrard will become a manager at Anfield in years to come.

Gerrard announced he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season after a 17-year career at the Merseyside club. The former England captain will be heading to MLS side LA Galaxy instead of a Premier League club - like Frank Lampard who decided to join Manchester City after his spell at Chelsea.

However, Sturrdige who returns to the Liverpool squad against the Hammers on Saturday said his role model Gerrard will one day return to the Anfield dugout.

"I'm devastated he's leaving," Sturridge said.

"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."

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