Bilic praises Stur­ridge be­fore Liver­pool trip

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West Ham United man­ager Slaven Bilic has ad­mit­ted his team need to im­prove in front of goal and praised Liver­pool striker Daniel Stur­ridge who has been linked with a move to the Pre­mier League strug­glers. West Ham, who travel to An­field to­day, are 17th in the Pre­mier League ta­ble, hav­ing scored 15 goals in 14 matches so far. “The strik­ers didn’t score enough goals or as many as we ex­pected but it is not only down to them,” Bilic told Bri­tish me­dia. “I never want to di­vide the team into strik­ers and the rest. Although it is the strik­ers’ job to score goals, it is also the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the whole team.” West Ham have been linked with a move for Stur­ridge in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, and Bilic said he ad­mired the Eng­land international’s nat­u­ral abil­ity. “He’s one of the big­gest tal­ents, he’s a great player,” the man­ager said. “The tal­ent is there, the touch, the fin­ish­ing, ev­ery­thing is great. The only thing that’s stopped him be­ing reg­u­lar for club and coun­try are the in­juries.” —Reuters

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