Sturridge lauds Rooney for help, but ready for showdown against Man Utd
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has hailed compatriot Wayne Rooney to be one of the reasons behind his successful season. Sturridge showed that he had great regard for Rooney as the two strikers prepare to meet in the fierce derby between Liverpool and Manchester United.
Sturridge revealed that Rooney was one of the key factors in his goal-scoring form for club and country. Liverpool brace for a tough game against Manchester United this weekend as the Merseyside club travels to play at Old Trafford.
Despite being absent because of injuries for a considerable amount of time, Sturridge has managed to score 21 goals for Liverpool this season. In the process he has formed a deadly partnership with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Together the two forwards have made Liverpool the highest goal-scoring club in the Premier League.
Sturridge, who used to play for Manchester City and Chelsea, hailed Rooney for his great talents and stated that he was looking forward to playing beside him for England at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
“Wayne is a very nice guy and he is someone who helps me out a lot,” Sturridge said. “He helped me score my first goal for England at Wembley when he gave me the penalty against Montenegro and he has been so helpful, he has helped my career in terms of advice and I'm thankful to him.
“Myself and Wayne have been training hard together -- we get on very well off the field and have a lot of banter together. When we get on the pitch we do the job the best we can and work for each other and the country. We just want to try and help the country be successful, that is the most important thing for everyone.”
Sturridge, who scored the winner in the friendly 1-0 win over Denmark last weekend, hopes to continue with his fiery form against Manchester United and add more goals to his fine tally. Sturridge hopes to take advantage of Manchester United’s poor form to give his side a useful three points as Liverpool try to cement their place in the top-four of the Premier League table.
With nine games remaining in the season Sturridge believes the three points at Old Trafford will decide whether Liverpool will remain in contention of the Premier League title. Liverpool have the potential to fight for the league title this season, but they can’t afford to lose more points.