Liverpool striker Sturridge reveals Fowler influence

Liverpool striker Danny Sturridge has revealed the influence of Reds legend Robbie Fowler on his career.

Brief though their time together was, a lasting impression was left on the 23-year-old.

"I was fortunate to train with Robbie Fowler during my time at Manchester City," Sturridge recalls in the latest issue of the official Liverpool FC magazine.

"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."

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