However, he has been marginalised by Jurgen Klopp this term, managing just five starts.
And Rodgers, who was sacked by Liverpool in 2015, thinks Sturridge needs to be more than just a traditional No9 and contribute all over the pitch.
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Daniel Sturridge has been marginalised by Jurgen Klopp this season
Brendan Rodgers admits Daniel Sturridge was a conundrum when he managed Liverpool
That wasn’t easy to do when I was at Liverpool. We always had to find a way to fit him in the team
“That wasn’t easy to do when I was at Liverpool. We always had to find a way to fit him in the team,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.
“Sometimes he was out wide with Luis Suarez central and other games he was central and Luis was wide.
“There was always a conundrum there because you want to be aggressive and press the game and there are certain areas of the pitch where you always have to look – if Daniel is in the team – where you can and can’t press.
"There is no doubting his goalscoring ability but a number nine in the modern game now has to give more than that.
Brendan Rodgers thinks Daniel Sturridge can be as good as Luis Suarez
“I brought him into the club because I wanted to build a team that was fast, dynamic, unpredictable, had power and pace and Daniel gave us all of that. He joined us in the January and for the next 18 months he was incredible.
“He has the talent to be one of the best players and strikers in the world, but the best players in the world are available. You look at Suarez, Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo – they play games.
"They are churning out 50, 60 games a season, plus international games, so you have to be available. If he is available and he is fighting and pressing and running, everything else comes natural to him.”