For one shining half of football, it looked like Liverpool may pull off a victory in the Europa League thanks to that excellent goal by Reds' star striker Daniel Sturridge. One month later, on the eve of the Euros, Daniel Sturridge opened up about how he scored that special goal and to give a look into how he crafted his technique.
"The goal in the Europa final was instinctive," he told The Mirror. "When I got the ball, I wasn’t intending to go inside but the defender kept backing off and it gave me the space to shoot. So if he’s going to give me space I’m going to take the opportunity.
"In training, I try to use the outside of my foot quite a lot. I speak to the goalkeepers a lot to try to find out things they don’t like, so it helps give me an advantage over opposition goalkeepers — that style of shot gives them problems.
"I’ve played with players I’ve learnt that from — also Didi Hamann was very big with the outside of his foot. There was Deco, was who was very good with the outside of his foot. Paul Merson was top drawer with the outside of his foot too. So there are a lot of people who can you see doing it and try to pick things up. I’m always learning and trying to improve."
Liverpool fans know that when he's healthy, it's more surprising when Daniel Sturridge doesn't score. It's interesting to get a look into the process behind the genius.
With the Euros beginning this weekend, Sturridge will have another chance to up his goal tally against Russia as England begin their fight to take Group B.