Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has revealed that ex-Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka was his footballing idol growing up.
The Anfield favourite admitted in December last year that he was a Gunner growing up, but in an interview with BT Sport has now revealed that our double winning Frenchman was his striking icon as a youngster.
Sturridge managed to play with the mercurial Anelka during their spell together at Chelsea and said it was a great honour to work alongside him.
“Playing for Chelsea and learning new things, learning movement, training with guys like Didier, playing with them, being close up to world class strikers Anelka and Didier,” said Sturridge, reports Daily Express.
“Anelka was my idol when I was a kid growing up, I always used to love watching him play. To watch them close up and to play with them was a great honour for myself.”
It’s a shame we never managed to capture the now England international or decided to take a punt on him when he was on the way out at Chelsea – especially given his scoring record against us since his move to Merseyside.
But given Arsene Wenger’s track record you wouldn’t be surprised if he reveals somewhere down the line that he actually had the opportunity to sign Sturridge and it slipped through his fingers.
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Just see Cristaino Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic et al!