Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge relishing the prospect of facing Mats Hummels at Anfield

Sturridge is facing competition for a starting place from Divock Origi but seems to really want the chance to face a defender with an excellent reputation.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said that he does not fear the challenge of facing up to Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels in tomorrow night's Europa League quarter-final second leg at Anfield.

Sturridge seems pretty confident that he could get the better of the Dortmund centre-back as the Reds look to knock out the tournament favourites and book their place in the last four of the competition. 

He told the official Liverpool website: "I’m at his level, so I don’t look at him as anyone who’s bigger than me or better than me or I’m in awe.

"Not at all. He’s the same as me. We face players at the top level in the Premier League – it’s the best league in the world.

"We face defenders who don’t probably get as much credit as they deserve. I’ve been playing at the top level for a long time now so it’s nothing new.

"It’s just going to be a great night for everyone, and you can’t let nerves get the better of you. You just have to enjoy it, that’s what life’s all about."

Sturridge is right to say that he has faced some terrific defenders in the Premier League and had success against them - particularly in his most prolific season at Liverpool where he found the net on 24 occasions. The Liverpool forward does not seem to be short on confidence.

Hummels has a marvellous reputation for his role in Dortmund's recent success, as well as being at the heart of the defence that lifted the World Cup for Germany nearly two years ago. 

One wonders what Hummels will think when the comments are put to him, but Sturridge seems determined to prove a point if he gets the opportunity tomorrow night, with fellow striker Divock Origi also putting himself forward for a start after an impressive display in Germany last week, and for his two-goal substitute appearance against Stoke City at the weekend.

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