Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge has admitted to loving wrestling as a youngster and also named The Undertaker as his favourite competitor.
Speaking in an interview with SBTV Sport about his career and clothing choices, the England striker - whose tremendous goalscoring performances and partnership with Luis Suarez are the main reason that Liverpool find themselves in contention for the Premier League title - lauded 'The Phenom' as the most frightening wrestler the WWE had at that particular time.
"I did love wrestling when I was younger, but obviously it wasn't a real thing I could have done," he said.
"The Undertaker was my favourite one because he was the scariest at the time, the music and the darkness, coming out of the ring."
Sturridge is certainly not alone in this choice, with 'Taker - who made his WWE debut all the way back 1990 - having been a near ever-present in the industry for over two decades now as the only remaining wrestler who appeared on the very first episode of Raw.
The Undertaker, a rather morbid character who has seemingly retained his appeal among fans throughout the years, is perhaps best known for his formidable unbeaten streak at Wrestlemania - which currently stands at a truly impressive 21-0.
That infamous streak will put to the test once again in just a matter of days, with 'Taker - real name Mark William Calaway - set to go up against Brock Lesnar at the 30th edition of the greatest shown on earth inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 6.
While Sturridge obviously did not view professional wrestling as a viable career path, his performances over recent months have suggested that football was definitely the right option for him.
With an incredible record of 20 goals in 23 games for Liverpool this season, the former Chelsea and Manchester City man will hope to continue such a rich vein of form as Brendan Rodgers' side look to achieve the unthinkable and bring the Premier League title back to Anfield.
Thanks to the good folks at The Independent for bringing the interview to our attention.
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