Daniel Sturridge is ready to learn from former teammate Didier Drogba as he aims to grow into one of the Barclays Premier League’s top players.
The 23-year-old was in devastating form at Craven Cottage on Sunday, firing a hat-trick past Mark Schwarzer in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Fulham.
Sturridge arrived on Merseyside in January 2013 from Stamford Bridge, where his game time had been limited by competition in the form of the formidable Dider Drogba.
However, the Reds’ No. 15 believes he has learned plenty about the importance of mental strength from time spent in the company of the Ivorian hitman.
“Being strong mentally is the one thing that can separate you from anyone else,” Sturridge said. “When I worked with Drogba at Chelsea, the one strength he had above everybody was his mental strength. I learned a lot from working with him about what it takes to be a top player. Hopefully I’ll become one.
“It’s a fantastic feeling to score a hat-trick. Hopefully I’ll have a long career ...