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Sturridge: Wayne helps

LIVERPOOL striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed England colleague Wayne Rooney has played a part in his blossoming career as the two prepare to meet at Old Trafford on Sunday.

With Sturridge's goals one of the main factors in turning Liverpool into Premier League title contenders, they travel to reigning champions and fierce rivals Manchester United looking to keep up the pace.

The 24-year-old has scored 21 goals for Brendan Rodgers' side this season and has formed a formidable strike partnership with Luis Suarez.

England will be hopeful Sturridge can form just as deadly a union with Rooney at the World Cup and the former Manchester City and Chelsea man was full of praise for the United forward.

"Wayne is a very nice guy and he is someone who helps me out a lot," said Sturridge.

"He helped me score my first goal for England at Wembley when he gave me the penalty against Montenegro and he has been so helpful, he has helped my career in terms of advice and I'm thankful to him."