Liverpool striker reveals Chelsea training ground inspiration

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Sturridge says Deco brilliance taught him to 'play without risk'.

Daniel Sturridge has revealed the source of his inspiration for his outrageous chipped goal against West Bromwich Albion earlier this season – Chelsea’s training ground.

Sturridge scored the fourth and final goal in Liverpool’s win over the Baggies at Anfield last month, lofting the ball into the net for a contender for goal of the season.

It was an outrageous piece of skill from the 24-year-old, who will be out to repeat the trick when he lines up for England against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night.

And Sturridge revealed that the confidence to score a goal of such class stems from his days learning from the best at Chelsea’s training ground.

Sturridge spent four years with the Blues after joining from ManchesterCity, but it was the influence of one star in particular which stuck with the forward.

“I learned that one from Deco at Chelsea, where he would do it in training” Sturridge told Liverpool’s official website. “It’s started coming off for me and it’s important to try things.

“Sometimes you have to try these things and play without risk. As a youngster that’s how it was: you tried to express yourself as much as you can.”

Sturridge has struck up a fine partnership with Luis Suarez this season, and revealed that he draws inspiration from the players he watched as a kid.

“When I was younger, I liked to watch players who dropped deep and pick the ball up like Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s something I naturally do.

“I’m still working on my game as much as I can now, on strength and my left, but I’m playing in a position where I can play my natural game. I’m just really happy getting opportunities.”

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