God helped me! Liverpool striker Sturridge reveals Fowler impact
Liverpool's new signing Daniel Sturridge reveals Robbie Fowler taught him improvise during a spell together at Manchester City
Daniel Sturridge has revealed former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler taught the England youngster how to “improvise” during their spell at Manchester City together.
The 23-year-old has scored an impressive four goals for the Reds after completing a £12m switch to Anfield from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Sturridge is hoping to have a long-lasting impact at the Merseyside outfit following mixed spells at his former clubs.
The striker started his career at the defending champions and trained with Fowler, who spent three-and-a-half seasons at City, and Sturridge says the Liverpool legend was one of his role models.
“I was fortunate to train with Robbie Fowler during my time at Manchester City,” Sturridge told Liverpool’s website.
“He could score with any part of his body. With both feet he was really clinical and despite not being the tallest he was very dangerous in the air. It taught me to improvise.
“I know a lot of players at an early age move positions and eventually settle somewhere, but my role models were always strikers.
“I watched Ian Wright, Nicolas Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp. I also liked Faustino Asprilla. Whenever I scored I always did his celebration – the forward cartwheel.
“The buzz I got from scoring as a kid is exactly the same as it is now. It’s that anticipation of knowing where the ball is going to land in front of you and the release of emotion when it ends up in the net.
“The pleasure is greater now because of the noise of the crowd when it happens. You also feel the disappointment when it doesn’t go in. But then you go again and make sure you don’t miss next time.”