Performance Lab: Daniel Sturridge

FFT analyses the striker for our debut Player of the Month feature – with Liverpool’s head of fitness and conditioning Ryland Morgans sharing tips on emulating the forward


Set up Position mannequin on edge of the D, with a ball just inside the 18 yard box. Place a cone inline with mannequin, 16 yards away. Servers stand 12 yards to sides of mannequin.
Action Player sprints to the mannequin and plays first-time pass to a server. They then dart around the mannequin and sprint onto a pass from the server and take a shot at goal.
Do 4 sets of 2 reps, with 30 secs rest each time. 
Russian split squat

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This builds explosive power in the legs. Assume split squat position, with your front foot slightly turned in, knee above toes and your back leg raised on a bench. Keep your hips and shoulders square and your chest and head up. Bend front knee and drop hips to 90 degrees. Return to start and repeat.
Sets 4 Reps 4
Number of calories you’ll burn if you copy Sturridge’s body-pop goal celebration for 30 minutes.
Pre-match meal
Wholemeal pasta & chicken. The pasta’s carbs fuel his explosive sprints, while   protein-packed chicken minimises muscle damage.
The SAS partnership
16: the number of passes Sturridge exchanged with Luis Suarez during Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Sunderland. (via FFT’s StatsZone app)
“The top men for me growing up were Zidane and Ronaldino. I’d watch Ronaldinho at Barcelona and think, ‘Oh my god, what am I seeing here?’”
Ground covered
Average distance covered by Sturridge in the Premier League this season. You would need to run around the Anfield pitch 35 times to equal this distance.
Sharp shooter
He recently won a Call of Duty celeb tournament. Studies have shown that playing computer games for 45 minutes a day can enhance reaction times.

For more football tips see:
Radamel Falcao: How to be a penalty-box predator
Thierry Henry: Finishing at speed
Wayne Rooney's shooting drill
Olivier Giroud: How to create and conquer
Rooney: Big match preparation
Ibrahimovic: How to play as a targetman

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