Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge explains how ex-Arsenal man Paul Merson influenced him

England's Daniel Sturridge

The Reds striker has revealed how former pros have influenced his playing style.

England's Daniel Sturridge

England's Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has spoken of his penchant for striking the ball with the outside of his foot and the players who inspired him, in an interview with The Sun.

The England international scored in such fashion with a stunning strike against Sevilla in the Europa League final and he believes having that particular tool in his arsenal gives him an edge.

Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal for LiverpoolDaniel Sturridge scores the first goal for Liverpool

“In training, I try to use the outside of my foot quite a lot,” said the 26-year old.

"I speak to the goalkeepers a lot to try to find out things they don’t like, so it helps give me an advantage over opposition goalkeepers — that style of shot gives them problems.”

Sturridge has had the good fortune of playing alongside some of the greats of the game but he listed three former pros as specific inspirations for his spectacular technique.

Paul Merson - All Stars XIPaul Merson - All Stars XI

"I’ve played with players I’ve learnt that from — also Didi Hamann was very big with the outside of his foot,” he added. “There was Deco, was who was very good with the outside of his foot. Paul Merson was top drawer with the outside of his foot too.

"So there are a lot of people who can you see doing it and try to pick things up….I’m always learning and trying to improve."

England manager Roy HodgsonEngland manager Roy Hodgson

Sturridge’s flair for the unpredictable is one thing that separates him from the rest of England’s forward options and he will hope that element is enough to convince Roy Hodgson to call upon him.

For all his undeniable quality, the Liverpool star has failed to truly live up to his potential thus far and Euro 2016 is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone of his quality.

Injuries have been the major cause of his stuttered progress but doubts over his temperament have also emerged in recent years and the next few weeks could prove pivotal for the fortunes of one of England’s most enigmatic talents.

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