Liverpool’s Sturridge: I used to draw inspiration from Henry and Ronaldo
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge reveals he drew inspiration from Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo in the early stages of his career
Daniel Sturridge has revealed he used to draw inspiration from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The England international is the Premier League’s joint top goal-scorer after netting eight strikes in 11 top-flight appearances this season.
Sturridge, who moved to the Reds in a £12m deal from Chelsea, admitted he likes to bring an element of surprise to his number nine role.
“It’s important to mix it up. When I was younger, I used to wear No.10 but I liked playing as a nine so it was kind of weird,” Sturridge told Liverpool’s website.
“When I was younger, I liked to watch players who dropped deep and pick the ball up like Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s something I naturally do.
“I’m still working on my game as much as I can now, on strength and my left, but I’m playing in a position where I can play my natural game. I’m just really happy getting opportunities.”
Sturridge scored one of the Premier League’s goals of the season so far after a superb chipped effort in a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion earlier this month.
And the 23-year-old revealed his thought process behind the goal.
“In the past I wouldn’t have gone for that; maybe I would have cut back or tried to play someone in, or took a normal shot.
“But when you feel more comfortable and confident you do try things you maybe wouldn’t have done.
“Now I’m more comfortable and doing things off the cuff again. With the chip I just looked up and thought: ‘I’m going to go for it.’
“I learned that one from Deco at Chelsea, where he’d do it a lot in training. It’s started coming off for me, too, and it’s important to try things.
“Sometimes you have to try these things and play without risk. As a youngster that’s how it was: you tried to express yourself out on the pitch as much as you can.”