Daniel Sturridge nets his third match-winner in three games for Liverpool on Sunday
England striker Daniel Sturridge had a birthday to remember as he scored the crucial match-winner for Liverpool against rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.
Sturridge turned 24 in style, as he steered in a close-range header after just three minutes to help Liverpool maintain their 100 per cent start to the new campaign.
It's been an impressive start to the season for the ex Chelsea and Manchester City ace, with Sunday's goal proving to be a third successive winner for Liverpool.
And England Manager Roy Hodgson was in the crowd at Anfield to see Sturridge steal all the headlines to leave impressed with what he saw.
Sturridge revealed after the game that he has been troubled by a thigh injury, but he still hopes to join up with the England squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine this week.
Sturridge said: “It was great to have the Manager here, it's important for me to be out on the field.
"I had a problem with my thigh before the game, it's still hindering me now, but I went out and put on a good performance for the boys.
"Hopefully I'll be okay for the England squad."
Elsewhere, there was good news for Hodgson as Arsene Wenger revealed that he still expects Jack Wilshere to join up with the England squad despite him having to come off the field just before half time in the north London derby.
The Arsenal midfielder has been affected by a stomach bug, but he hopes to make a full recovery ahead of the Moldova game at Wembley on Friday night.
Wenger said: “He has a stomach bug, but nothing that will stop him from playing for England.”
Theo Walcott also played his part in helping Arsenal come away with a 1-0 win over their north London neighbours Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.