Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge picks Nicolas Anelka over Luis Suarez in his ultimate XI
Liverpool ace Daniel Sturridge surprisingly snubbed Luis Suarez when naming his ultimate XI of stars he has played with and against down the years.
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Sturridge and Suarez scored 52 goals between them as Liverpool came close to winning the Premier League title at Anfield back in 2013/14 and the Uruguayan striker was named PFA Player of the Year.
The England forward, though, named ex-Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka alongside Didier Drogba in his dream team, fueling rumours of tension with Suarez during their time together on Merseyside.
‘Growing up, I was an Arsenal fan and Anelka was my favourite striker at the time so I’ve got an affinity to him,’ Sturridge told Liverpool’s official YouTube channel.
‘He helped me out a lot and gave me a lot of advice. I love the way he plays the game – he’s just so elegant on the pitch.
‘The way he ran, the way he passed the ball, the way he used to chop defenders which is something that I took from him.
Sturridge believes Anelka, who he played with for three years at Stamford Bridge, had ‘everything’ in his locker.
‘He’s probably the best player I’ve seen at faking to shoot to create himself a yard which, in the box, is everything as a striker,’ he explained.
‘He could create goals. He could do everything.’
Sturridge’s ultimate XI in full…
Chelsea 2017/18 Fixtures
West Brom (A) – Sat 18 Nov
FK Qarabag (A) – Wed Nov 22 (Champions League)
Liverpool (A) – Sat 25 Nov
Swansea (H) – Wed 29 Nov
Newcastle (H) – Sat 2 Dec
Atletico Madrid (H) – Tue 5 Dec (Champions League)
West Ham (A) – Sat 9 Dec
Huddersfield Town (A) – Tues Dec 12
Southampton (H) – Sat Dec 16
Bournemouth (H) – Wed Dec 20 (EFL Cup)
Everton (A) – Sat Dec 23
Brighton (H) – Tues Dec 26
Stoke City (H) – Sat Dec 30
Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures
Southampton (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Sevilla (A) – Tue 21 Nov (Champions League)
Chelsea (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Stoke (A) – Wed 29 Nov
Brighton (A) – Sat 2 Dec
Spartak Moscow (H) – Wed 6 Dec (Champions League)
Everton (H) – Sun 10 Dec
West Brom (H) – Wed 13 Dec
AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat Dec 17
Arsenal (A) – Fri Dec 22
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