Daniel Sturridge believes firing Liverpool to a top four finish this season can help him play a starring role for England in this summer’s World Cup.
The 24-year-old made a brilliant start to the campaign, scoring in each of the Reds’ first four games as they set the early pace in the Premier League standings.
However, the forward hasn’t played since November due to an ankle injury but Brendan Rodgers’ men have continued to push for a Champions League finish in his absence, with Luis Suarez leading from the front.
Despite their fine form, many football betting pundits believe that Liverpool’s young side still have plenty of questions to answer over the next few months, especially with the club having not finished in the top four places since coming home as runners-up in the title race in 2009.
Sturridge has now returned to training though and will only boost Liverpool’s search for silverware, especially with the added incentive of the World Cup on the horizon.
The former Manchester City and Chelsea man is being tipped in the latest live football commentary to play a major role for the Three Lions in Brazil and believes helping Liverpool finish in the top four would only help his chances of starring in South America.
“It would be great to secure a return to the Champions League,” he told FourFourTwo. “It’s four seasons since Liverpool were last in it, and that’s too long. I think it could benefit us in the long run and, God willing, we’ll be up there in May.”
“On a personal level, I want to keep working hard and look to improve. I’m not going to set any crazy targets.
“If I can keep developing my game and get a place at the World Cup, I’ll be delighted. That would be an amazing achievement.”