Daniel Sturridge answers questions revealing his interests and advice for any aspiring players.
Daniel Sturridge was speaking exclusively to The Supporters Club, BT Sport’s charitable initiative.
What’s the best piece of advice that you were given as a youngster?
“Take what you’ve got now.”
What piece of advice would you give to a young, aspiring footballer/sportsman?
“Work hard, be dedicated and make sacrifices.”
Is there a young player at Liverpool who you personally mentor or often give advice to?
“I give advice to Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling.”
How important is it for you to be seen as a role model by fans and the wider community?
“It’s not hugely important to be honest, but it comes with the territory and you have to take that on board when you’re living your life.”
Who is your closest friend in Football and why?
“Probably Micah Richards. We grew up together from a young age.”
Do you support any other clubs outside of football, like a Basketball / American Football team?
“Outside of football I tend to follow individuals. In the NBA I like LeBron James, Paul George and the list goes on in the NBA. It’s the same with the NFL, Marshawn Lynch. There are too many to name, but there are a lot of players that I like.”
What’s the most charitable thing that you have ever done?
“I have my own charity foundation so I would probably say that.”
What’s the most charitable thing someone has ever done for you?
“People who donate to my charity. The sponsors – I’m really grateful for that.”
* Daniel Sturridge is a BT Sport ambassador. BT Sport’s charitable initiative The Supporters Club aims to build a better world through sport and has so far raised over £3million from BT Sport customers and BT. This has so far been used to fund 27 sport-inspired community projects – 17 in the UK and 10 overseas, with over 91,000 people now signed up to the initiative. Visit btsport.com/thesupportersclub for more info.