Sturridge relishing Hummels match-up

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is relishing testing himself against Dortmund defender Mats Hummels in Thursday night’s much-anticipated Europa League clash.

The Merseyside outfit played to a 1-1 draw with Thomas Tuchel’s side in the first leg of their quarter-final clash, with Hummels netting the equaliser after Divock Origi had broken the deadlock in the first half.

It remains to be seen whether Sturridge will be handed a start on Thursday, having come on as a late substitute against Dortmund in the first-leg tie.

However, the Engand international is in a confident mood after scoring in the Reds’ convincing 4-1 triumph over Stoke City at the weekend.

When asked about his thoughts on coming up against Hummels on Thursday, Sturridge told “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.”

He added: “It’s going to be a great occasion, not just for the players but the fans, for everyone who isn’t involved with Liverpool as well – they’ll enjoy the match.

“It’s one of those occasions where you just soak it all up, enjoy it, embrace it, have fun, that’s what you live for.”