England skipper surprised by Blues willingness to sell Sturridge.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has questioned Manchester City and Chelsea’s decision to allow Daniel Sturridge to leave.
Reds striker Sturridge arrived at Anfield from Chelsea in January and was previously on City’s books.
The 24-year-old has scored 16 goals in 21 league appearances since moving to Merseyside and his dynamic performances have helped turned Brendan Rodgers’ side into genuine contenders for the top four.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s three senior strikers – Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o – are yet to score a league goal between them this season.
Gerrard says his England teammate has the potential to ‘world class’ and has questioned Chelsea’s decision to sell the striker.
“You wonder why [Manchester] City have moved Daniel on and why Chelsea have let him come to us,” said Gerrard.
“I had seen signs and huge potential. But I hadn’t seen it on a consistent basis.
“But working with him daily and seeing the form he has been in of late, it is scary to think what he might become.
“I have no hesitation in saying he has the potential to be world class. He is that good.
“The key for Daniel was to have a manager who believed in him, play him every game and build a team around him that gave him a platform to prove he is a top player.
“So far, so good. But what he has produced at Liverpool everyone is waiting for with England. Hopefully that is what we see over the next seven or eight days.”