Daniel Sturridge says he is relishing being one half of the Premier League’s deadliest strike force, ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Sunday.
Sturridge was awarded the Premier League player of the month award for the second time this season, after firing five goals in four league games over February.
The duo have amassed an incredible 42 goals between them this season to inspire a Reds title challenge, and despite a couple of fiery moments between the two on the pitch, Sturridge claims they drive each other on.
“Luis works tirelessly,” he said. “I think we combine very well. He’s someone who wants to win, and I want to win. We both enjoy scoring goals and both like to assist each other.
“I think we’ve both got three assists for each other, so we look for each other and we give each other opportunities and we work as a unit. I enjoy playing with him.
“Luis is very demanding but then so am I. It’s important that everyone’s demanding if you want to be successful and everyone’s pushing each other to get the best out of each other.
“I don’t think we really realise what we are achieving as a team. We’re just going out, playing with smiles on our faces. That’s the most important thing I think.”
Sturridge is preparing to face Suarez at international level when England take on Uruguay in the summer’s World Cup, and the 24-year-old is looking forward to the challenge.
“It will be great to play against him because he’s a world-class player and a great friend of mine,” Sturridge added.
“One of us could be going out very unhappy but maybe we’ll both go through and Italy will go out.
“I’m going to have a lot of banter with him when the season’s finished. I’m going to steal all his boots and his shinpads!”
Sturridge was one of five Liverpool players to start for England last week, and spoke in glowing terms about his colleagues for club and country, none more so than captain Steven Gerrard – who he has nicknamed James Bond.
“He doesn’t like it, but I call him that because he can do everything,” Sturridge said.
“On a day to day basis in training, you have to see it to believe what he can do with a football.
I’ve grown up with Jordan Henderson in international age groups, Raheem Sterling is like a little brother and I’m very close to him, Glen Johnson is a top-class player and then there’s James Bond… Stevie has got the lot, hasn’t he?
“If ever there was a player who deserved to finish his career with a Premier League winner’s medal or a World Cup winner’s medal it’s Steve Gerrard.”