In-form Sturridge determined to improve

Daniel Sturridge has pledged to work harder than ever in a bid to shoot Liverpool and England to success.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool

The 24-year-old's header for Roy Hodgson's men against Denmark on Wednesday was his 20th goal in 28 appearances for club and country this term.

Things have not always been so straightforward for Sturridge but, having put frustrating spells at Manchester City and Chelsea behind him, is shining for Liverpool.

The forward is quick to thank God, his team-mates and his current managers, Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers, for believing in him, but struggled to put his finger on how he maintained self-belief through the rockier patches.

"I don't really know," Sturridge said. "I really don't know.

"There have been times, of course, where it has been very difficult. I am not super human.

"I get down a lot and I have had a lot of moments when I have been upset with not playing and not getting opportunities.

"But that is all in the past and I give God the glory. It has been a long journey to get where I am now and I am humbled by it all.

"I am not getting too excited about anything that is going on, I am just humbled by it.

"Whichever opportunities come my way, I do my best to take them. I work as hard as I possibly can, give 100 per cent in any game."

That hard work is clearly reaping rewards, with his partnership with Luis Suarez - or the SAS as it has been nicknamed - the most lethal in the Premier League.

Those goals have given Rodgers' side a decent shout of winning a first championship since 1990 and have seen Sturridge look for inspiration online in his bid to improve.

"I have watched clips of so many players," Sturridge said. "On Wednesday afternoon I was watching Maradona's clips to take pointers from the skills he was doing.

"Then I will be watching playing like Michael Owen, Gascoigne, Pele, Ronaldo - all these older players who have done it before me. It is important that I improve, that I keep improving.

"I was watching Wiel Coerver [the late Dutch skills coach] dribbling skills at the training ground with this young guy who came to the training ground named Harry.

"I was watching little clips with him and telling him 'you've got to watch these clips, it is important'.

"For me, I can never stop improving no matter what age I am at, what club I am at. I have to push myself as hard I possibly can to get as good as I possibly can."



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