Daniel Sturridge Leaves Out Luis Suarez In His Ultimate XI
Surprisingly, there's no place for Luis Suarez in Daniel Sturridge's Ultimate XI.
But his dream side is still filled with ridiculous talent.
Sturridge and Suarez formed a formidable strike force. And their exploits were particular lethal in the 2013/14 season.
The English striker bagged an impressive 21 league goals from 29 games. While the now Barcelona star weighed in with an absurd 31 goals from 33 league games.
Sturridge and Suarez celebrate scoring for Liverpool. Image: PA
But despite their partnership, he's excluded him from his ultimate XI.
Instead, Sturridge has opted for ex-Liverpool striker Nicolas Anelka and Chelsea hero Didier Drogba.
Here's his team in full:
Sturridge picks Ashley Cole as his left-back, while calling him the best. "For me he's the best left back of all time," he told Liverpool Echo.
One of his former Liverpool colleagues does get picked in the shape of Steven Gerrard.
"Stevie is a striker's dream," Sturridge says. "He's someone who could pick a pass out from 40/50 yards, onto your toe without you needing to break your stride.
Sturridge and Gerrard talk during a league meeting. Image: PA
Former Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo holds down a spot "even though he's an ex-United player."
And on the opposite flank, Lionel Messi with Sturridge saying: "They're outrageous, the pair of them.
Anelka in action for Chelsea. Image: PA
His favourite striker Anelka spearheads the side with Chelsea great Didier Drogba.
"Growing up I was an Arsenal fan, and Anelka was my favourite striker. I have an affinity with him, and when I played with him (at Chelsea) he helped me out a lot and give me a lot of advice.
"He was ridiculous, I can't lie," he says about the Ivory Coast frontman. "As target men go, he was unstoppable. You can't look past the man who delivered on the biggest stage possible.
Sturridge adds: "Those four attackers are not doing much defending. So we'd probably lose!"