With a prolific domestic season behind him and the unique experience of a World Cup just around the corner, it comes as little surprise that Daniel Sturridge is thriving on every moment.

The 24-year-old was one half of the Barclays Premier League's most lethal duo during 2013-14, expertly dovetailing with Luis Suarez to help catapult Liverpool into a second-place finish.

Brendan Rodgers has expressed his belief that Sturridge possesses world-class potential, while former Red Jamie Carragher recently outlined his opinion that the No.15 is 'the modern striker'.

Even Brazilian legend Zico highlighted the Englishman as a player to watch closely when the tournament gets underway, beginning with the hosts' opening match on Thursday.

Sturridge is widely expected to spearhead the Three Lions' attack when their campaign kicks off against Italy this Saturday, and the forward is simply relishing the moment in South America.

"It's great to be here," he said. "We're all looking forward to embracing the World Cup spirit, to play and to live our dreams.

"We have to make sure that we're in tip-top shape and on top form for the game. It's going to be a great occasion for everybody."