Sturridge aiming for Liverpool Champions League place and England World Cup role

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has laid out his aims for 2014 for club and country, Sky Sports has reported, targeting a Champions League spot for the Reds and a positive World Cup with England.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Sturridge said: “It would be great to secure a return to the Champions League. It’s four seasons since Liverpool were last in it, and that’s too long.

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.

Sturridge has not played since the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park in November due to an ankle injury but netted 12 goals in 17 games for Liverpool and England prior to that point. His form has helped his club to a place competing at the top of the table, with Brendan Rodgers’ side currently fourth, a point and a place above Everton.

The 24-year-old moved to Anfield in January 2013 and has gone on to score 22 goals in 30 games. “When you consider where I’ve come from since last January, it’d be brilliant to be on that plane,” the former Chelsea forward added.

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