Daniel Sturridge takes inspiration from Filippo Inzaghi

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Daniel Sturridge has watched videos of some of football's finest strikers - but admits one stands out from the rest. 

That man is Filippo Inzaghi, a striker who Sir Alex Ferguson once described as "born offside". However, Inzaghi was a prolific striker whose first-class positional play meant he usually ended up on the scoresheet.

In a career spanning 21 years, he won the Serie A title three times, Champions League twice and the World Cup in 2006. And Sturridge admits that the Italian has helped him add a different dimension to his game. 

"I used to like to come short and play passes and be more involved in the match," Sturridge told BT Sport. "But as time goes on you realise playing on the shoulder does create opportunities, not just for yourself but for your teammates too.

It was ex-Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti who told the Liverpool striker of Inzaghi's talents and what he could learn from him when the pair were at Chelsea a few years ago. Inzaghi was an elusive player who had the ability to find the extra yard of space against a defender, often with devastating results. 

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"I remember when I was at Chelsea and Ancelotti used to say 'watch a DVD of Inzaghi' - movement in terms of runs in behind and what makes strikers score goals," said the England striker. 

"Inzaghi was one that I really liked to watch, because he was completely different to how I played, but he gave me something I didn't have and actually helped me out a lot. Probably a lot of the goals I score now have come from him.

"When I was at Chelsea, Ancelotti used to say 'watch a DVD of Inzaghi'," - Daniel Sturridge

"I still watch [other players]. I've got DVDs of Ronaldo, of [Thierry] Henry, of Michael Owen, [Robbie] Fowler, [Dennis] Bergkamp. The list goes on. I still watch clips. So many different players, I still watch the clips, still watch the moves."

Sturridge is gradually working his way to full fitness after suffering a thigh injury whilst on England duty last August. He scored on his re-appearance against West Ham at the end of January as a substitute. He made his first full start since his return in the Reds' 3-2 win over Tottenham on Tuesday night. 

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