Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed that during his formative years he harboured a deeper desire to become a professional wrestler with WWE, née WWF, than he did to pursue a career in football.
Sturridge has established himself among the top forwards in the Premier League and now leads the line for his country, but the England international might have given all that up for a somewhat different path.
In an interview with The Guardian on Saturday, Sturridge explains that wrestling held a greater appeal than football did during his youth, but Liverpool fans can be thankful he instead chose to make a living from the latter.
“It’s enjoyment at that age. You’re a kid, you’re more worried about having fun with your mates than making it as a professional,” Sturridge explained.
“At a young age – honestly? – I wanted to be a wrestler. It’s true."
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“That was my dream, to be a wrestler, and I genuinely believed I could do it. I loved the Undertaker, the Ultimate Warrior…”
Sturridge has been out of action for two months and claimed it was the ‘worst feeling’ to be at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Chelsea on Saturday and not be able to take part in the eagerly-awaited encounter.
But the 25-year-old, who recently signed a new £150,000-per-week contract with Liverpool, confirmed that he is likely to return for his team’s next outing, which will be away to Crystal Palace after the international break.