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‘I’ve been learning from Zola!’ – Daniel Sturridge on his Chelsea strike

Daniel Sturridge and James Milner were both in positive spirits following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, with squad depth and mentality both praised.

Once the dust had settled, you could look back and reflect on what was a magnificent game of football at Stamford Bridge.

Both teams played in an attack-minded manner, with quality, drama and sportsmanship all coming to the fore in west London.

Liverpool would have had every right to feel robbed had they lost the game, but Sturridge had other ideas, curling home a stunning late 30-yard strike to earn his team a priceless point.

In a post-match interview with BT Sport, the striker hailed the Reds’ effort levels and admitted to watching videos of Chelsea great and current Blues assistant manager Gianfranco Zola to improve as a player:

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 29, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores an equalizing goal during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The boys worked tirelessly all game and created a lot of chances in the first-half, and we were unlucky not to score.

“I’d like to think I have (scored better) but it was a nice goal, but it was just about getting the result.

“It’s important to keep pushing forward and to have a positive outlook on everything going on and it’s been good so far.

“I just told him (after the game) I’m watching his videos, that’s how I’m learning. I really have watched them and it’s great to chat with a guy like him.”

Milner, stood alongside his teammate in the post-match discussions, believed Liverpool again showed their fighting spirit and says there is plenty more to come from them:

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 29, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the equalising goal with team-mates and the supporter during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“You’ve got to believe right until the end and I think we do that. You’ve seen us play before and we’ve come back in games before.

“We’ve got desire, heart and character, and quality throughout the squad; players on the bench like ‘Studgy’ who can come on and do that.

“The sign of a good team is to keep going, and you would be more worried if the chances weren’t being created.

“We’re creating chances and it’s not quite coming off but we know at some point the goals will start flowing a bit more.

“I thought it was a good performance – they’re obviously a good team and it’s a very tough place to come – and to get a point is pleasing.

“We’ll hopefully take that momentum on to these next two games (against Napoli and Man City) before the international break.”

“There’s so much more we can improve on and that’s the pleasing thing.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 29, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge embraces manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a draw that felt like a win in many ways, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side so close to suffering their first Premier League defeat of the season.

Sturridge’s goal was one of those moments that may be looked upon as vital come the end of the season, as Liverpool continue their hunt for title glory.

This is a special group of players with a wonderful team spirit – Sturridge and Milner epitomised that on Saturday night.

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