By Harvey Byrne

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has hailed current forward Daniel Sturridge as an “outstanding talent” and states the club must persist with him.

The 27-year-old England international is suffering a rare blip in front of goal after being known for his impressive goals to games ratio in the past.

Sturridge has made eight appearances for Liverpool in the new campaign, bagging just two goals in an EFL Cup tie against Burton.

He looked particularly out of sorts in the Reds’ last clash against fierce rivals Manchester United, where he was picked to lead the line, but was hauled off after just 60 minutes.

However, Heskey, who enjoyed a long career in England’s top flight, believes that his former side must keep their faith in Sturridge stating that there “are very few in his calibre” when the former Chelsea man is on form.

“Most definitely – he’s an outstanding talent,” Heskey said to FourFourTwo. “One of those players who can just make something out of nothing. He’s had a slow start to the season, but when he’s fit and on form there are very few in his calibre.”

Sturridge has suffered with injuries in the past, but during the 100 games he has played for Liverpool he has a return of 55 goals.

However, despite his poor form the Reds have not struggled in front of goal and have scored an impressive 18 goals in their first eight fixtures in the Premier League.

They currently sit in fourth place and will face West Brom on Saturday, who are placed in 12th.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds are monitoring Rennes attacker Paul-Georges Ntep.