Daniel Sturridge has played for Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, so that it only took him a matter of seconds to pick his dream 5-a-side team from players he has played is rather impressive.
The 26-year-old, currently at Liverpool, was asked to name his perfect team of past and present teammates. You can watch the video by scrolling down the page.
Having played with an array of Premier League and Champions League winners, Sturridge had the luxury of choosing some of the finest players in the league’s history.
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The first name in Sturridge’s team was Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who played 709 games for the Reds.
Like a typical striker, the England forward opted against picking a goalkeeper and even wanted an attack-minded defender.
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole got the nod “because he can attack and is good technically,” Sturridge argued.
Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho, of Chelsea and Liverpool respectively, were picked to play in front of Gerrard and Sturridge included himself as the team’s number nine.
“I’ve got to play,” he said. “I’m not going to be on the bench. So I’ll have to pick myself.”
That’s fair enough, Daniel. It’s your team.
Watch Sturridge pick his team
Sturridge left City for Stamford Bridge in 2009, before the talents of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure arrived.
Brazil star Robinho was around at the time but neither Sturridge nor the Premier League saw the former Real Madrid man at his best.
Chelsea heroes John Terry and Frank Lampard might wonder why their names weren’t called, while Sturridge would have had a hard decision to make between Luis Suarez and Didier Drogba if he hadn’t picked himself as striker.
Emotional after defeat
Sturridge was visibly upset following Liverpool’s loss to City in the Capital One Cup final.
The Reds lost 3-1 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 after extra-time, and Liverpool fans were surprised not to see Sturridge step up to take a spot-kick.
That was until Jurgen Klopp admitted the striker couldn’t even walk after 120 minutes, let along take a penalty in a high-pressure situation.
“There was no chance Daniel could take one,” Klopp said, per Sky Sports. “He had cramps in the last few minutes. He couldn’t walk. Everyone who was available took the penalty.
It means Liverpool’s last shot at silverware is through success in the Europa League. The Reds take on Manchester United in the last 16 and will be keen to end United’s run of four straight wins against them.
Needs to stay healthy
Sturridge has had an injury-hit career and this season has been no different. He missed 10 games over the winter period due to a hamstring injury and the sooner he catches up to the progress made by Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in Liverpool’s attack, the better for Klopp.
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