Asked to select a five-a-side team from players he’s played with, past and present, Daniel Sturridge made one glaring omission.
Sturridge enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Luis Suarez, hitting 53 goals between them as Liverpool pushed for the title in 2013/14.
But when selecting four team-mates for his dream five-a-side team, there was no place for the Uruguayan in Sturridge’s fantasy lineup.
Instead, the 26-year-old opted for his former Chelsea colleague, Eden Hazard.
Sturridge played alongside Hazard for just six months, following the Belgian’s move to Stamford Bridge from Lille in 2012, but he clearly showed enough to make an impression on the Reds striker.
Elsewhere, Sturridge named another ex-Chelsea team-mate in defence, with Ashley Cole making the cut, saying “he can attack, and he’s good technically.”
With a paucity of options at the back, bar Jamie Carragher, from his time with Liverpool, this comes as less of a shock.
Sturridge and Suarez were believed to have enjoyed a competitive relationship at Liverpool, but with space for only one striker, the No. 15 opted to put himself in.
“I’ve got to play – I’m not going to be on the bench!” he said. “So I’ll have to pick myself.”
After missing out in Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at home to Manchester City, Sturridge will be hoping to return to Jurgen Klopp‘s starting lineup for Sunday’s trip to take on Crystal Palace.
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