Liverpool star says ‘I love you’ after scoring – to whom?

Daniel Sturridge was on target for England against Italy in their opening Group D clash on Saturday.

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge was the man who got England back on track momentarily with the equaliser against Italy in Manaus.

However, many may have missed Sturridge's message after his goal.

Sturridge, the joyous, vibrant and extroverted character always seems to bring a smile to football fans. Famous for his infectious dance moves and goal-scoring habits, Sturridge is becoming a true fan favourite.

The striker posed a real threat in front of goal and last season, the former Manchester City and Chelsea player finally found his feet in the Premier League as the goals flooded in.

The 24-year-old bagged 24 goals for Liverpool and he will look to use that confidence as an incentive to shine at the World Cup.

Against Italy, Sturridge played as the main striker and looked dangerous throughout, with intricate touches and skills to create openings; the man seemed full of confidence and duly dispatched England's equaliser in the 37th minute.

Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling picked up the ball and swiftly turned past the grounded Andrea Pirlo and found Wayne Rooney on the left flank with a beautifully weighted pass.

The Manchester United striker delivered a perfect cross with his weaker foot into the stride of Sturridge, who finished calmly despite the awkward bounce to send the Three Lions' fans into raptures.

England fans then witnessed the swaying moves of the striker before he lifted his head and hands to the sky and said: "I love you. Jesus, I will praise your name forever".

A humbling moment from a man of faith.

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