JONJO SHELVEY is backing Daniel Sturridge to write his name in the history books when Liverpool face Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The £12million striker is gunning to become the first player in the Reds’ 121-year history to score in his first four appearances for the club.
Shelvey has been hugely impressed by the impact Sturridge has made since his arrival from Chelsea earlier this month and is confident he will extend his hot streak by firing Liverpool into the fifth round.
“When you consider all the big names who have played here over the years, if Daniel could make it four goals in four games that would be some achievement,” Shelvey said.
“I fancy him to do it. No disrespect to Oldham but they are from a lower division and it’s a great chance for him to make some history.
“Daniel has settled in really well and gets on well with all the lads. His finishing is there for everyone to see. If we can keep creating chances then I’m sure he will keep sticking them away.”
Shelvey is hoping to earn a recall against Oldham after being an unused substitute in recent weeks and he’s relishing the prospect of lining up behind Sturridge.
The duo linked up expertly on Sturridge’s debut in the last round against Mansfield when the new boy converted Shelvey’s pass.
“I only met Daniel for the first time when he started training with us a few days before that game but I was really looking forward to playing with him,” Shelvey added. “I knew he had pace and good movement and I enjoyed putting balls through for him. He has done brilliantly for us so far.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool are still trying to conclude a deal for Inter Milan attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds’ improved offer of 9million Euros (£7.6million) was turned down as Southampton are willing to meet the Serie A club’s asking price of 12million Euros (£10million).
However, the Brazil international favours a move to Anfield and talks between Liverpool and Inter are continuing.