Sturridge is confident their pairing can offer sufficient ingenuity.
"It's important to mix it up," he said. "When I was younger I used to wear 10 but I liked playing as a nine so it was kind of weird.
"I liked to watch players who dropped deep and picked the ball up like Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo - those are the type who I watched when I was younger. It's something I naturally do. I wasn't really aware I did it but the manager says I go long and short and I like to mix my game up."
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