Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he owes his recent chip against West Brom to former Chelsea teammate Deco, who taught the England international how to expertly execute the skill during their time together at Stamford Bridge.
Sturridge's goal against the Baggies last month was one of the finest scored in the Premier League so far this season, and was demonstrative of the confidence the 24-year-old now has with the ball at his feet.
It was the 11th goal Sturridge had scored in all competitions, and his 21st for Liverpool in only 28 appearances since moving to Anfield in January, but he is not prepared to take all of the credit for his wonderful strike.
Sturridge claims he was able to learn the technique after watching Deco on the training field when the Portuguese was at Chelsea, and how has the self-belied to attempt it himself not only in practice, but also in competitive fixtures.
"In the past I wouldn't have gone for that; maybe I would have cut back or tried to play someone in, or took a normal shot," the Liverpool star told reporters ahead of England's friendly against Germany on Tuesday.
"But when you feel more comfortable and confident you do try things you maybe wouldn't have done.
"Now I'm more comfortable and doing things off the cuff again. With the chip I just looked up and thought: 'I'm going to go for it.'
"I learned that one from Deco at Chelsea, where he'd do it a lot in training. It's started coming off for me, too, and it's important to try things.
"Sometimes you have to try these things and play without risk. As a youngster that's how it was: you tried to express yourself out on the pitch as much as you can."
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