Liverpool striker reveals his idols... Rivaldo and Faustino Asprilla

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed that he tried to model himself on the likes of Rivaldo and Faustino Asprilla growing up as a youngster.

Daniel Sturridge enjoyed his best season to date last term as he scored 21 goals to finish second in the Premier League's scoring charts to teammate Luis Suarez.

The 24-year-old's fine form was rewarded with a place in England's 23-man squad for the World Cup, and Sturridge is expected to lead the line for Roy Hodgson's side in Brazil.

Sturridge played for Manchester City as a teenager having moved to the North West from Birmingham with his family in his formative years and speaking to the club's official TV station the striker revealed who he tried to fashion his game on as he was growing up.

He said: “At the time there was so many different strikers. There was Faustino Asprilla, Nicolas Anelka, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp and Alan Shearer.

“Then there were the likes of Rivaldo, there were so many different players that I wanted to be. When I was 13, Manchester City came in for me and they made the choice to move and to make the sacrifice. It was a big sacrifice for them, I can never repay them.

“I went to Chelsea and learned so much from, not just Didier Drogba and Nico (Anelka) and Fernando Torres, but people like Lamps (Frank Lampard), Ashley Cole, Deco, so many different players that teach you, and you can take stuff from their game, the way they approached the game.”

The England international moved to Anfield from Chelsea for around £12 million in January 2013, and his career has been on an upward curve ever since.

Sturridge has scored 36 goals in 49 appearances since making the switch from Stamford Bridge.


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