Sturridge aware of task ahead

  • Last Updated: May 26 2014, 8:26 BST

Daniel Sturridge scored 27 goals last season but he will be happy if he finds the net just once in Brazil.

Sturridge: Hopes to continue his good domestic form in Brazil
Sturridge: Hopes to continue his good domestic form in Brazil

Sturridge's excellent form for Liverpool almost catapulted the Anfield club to their first title since 1990.

The 24-year-old, who formed a lethal partnership with Luis Suarez, was the leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League with 21 goals.

The former Chelsea man has so far struggled to take that form into the international arena, though.

Sturridge has three goals in 10 England games, but one of those was a penalty, another came against Denmark and his first was against San Marino - the punchbags of world football.

And Sturridge admits only the very best strikers are able to cut it at World Cups so he knows he has a tough task ahead of him.

"The World Cup is a different level of football to the Premier League," he said.

"I looked at Gary Lineker's stats the other day and he scored 10 goals in two World Cups (six in '86 and four in '90) I was like 'wow, that's a huge task to even reach anywhere near that'.

"Ten goals in two World Cups is incredible. If I can score even one goal I'd be happy because I have come a long way."

Sturridge has scored 36 goals in 49 appearances since he swapped London for Merseyside - a remarkable return for a player released by Manchester City and then denied a main striking role at Chelsea.

"I've just been given the opportunity since I came to Liverpool - and that's what I've asked for in the past," Sturridge added.

"That's always what I've said - give me that opportunity and then I can try and show what I can do.

"Thankfully I have had a decent season but I still want to improve."

Sturridge has his strike partner Suarez to thank for a lot of those goals.

The England man enjoys a "telepathic" partnership with the Uruguayan, who will come up against the Three Lions in Sao Paulo on June 19 provided he overcomes a knee injury.

Sturridge's task over the next few weeks is to develop a similar bond with Wayne Rooney.

"We get along really well off the field and we get on well on the field too," said Sturridge, who has started just five games with Rooney.

"We get along. He is a senior professional. He has experienced European Championships and World Cups. For me to be around players like him, Stevie (Gerrard), and Lamps (Frank Lampard) is great.

"I'm always open-eared, like a sponge just taking it in."