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'Liverpool star impressed me' - Zico tips Reds ace for World Cup success

Brazilian legend Zico has tipped Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool to shine at the World Cup.

Hot on the heels of Cafu's praise of Jon Flanagan, another Brazilian World Cup icon has shared his admiration for a Liverpool star.

Zico, who featured at the 1978, 1982, and 1986 tournaments, has tipped Daniel Sturridge as one of his six players to shine at the upcoming 2014 tournament.

He told The Guardian: "Daniel Sturridge impressed me with his composure and movement. 

"His season for Liverpool showed he can also score. To reach the 20-goal target in a tough league like the Premiership is not easy and this could be good news for England."

Zico went onto add that he feels Sturridge will benefit from the Liverpool players around him in the England side, naming Gerrard specifically, while Henderson and Sterling are also tipped to play key roles.

Sturridge finds himself in esteemed company on Zico's watch list, with Eden Hazard, Oscar, Thibaut Courtois, Paul Pogba and Mario Gotze named.

The Liverpool striker showed his class with an impressive opener for England against Peru on Friday night. He is the one England frontman to come into the tournament off the back of an impressive season, and if the Three Lions are to progress, they will need Sturridge to prove Zico right to back him for success.

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