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Daniel Sturridge can't return to Tesco

Liverpool FC 's derby saviour Daniel Sturridge cherished his Goodison equaliser – but revealed how breaking Evertonians’ hearts will force him to change supermarkets.

The £12million frontman had the final word in Saturday’s dramatic showdown when the substitute nodded home Steven Gerrard ’s 89th minute free-kick to make it 3-3.

Sturridge intends to give the Tesco close to his city centre apartment a wide berth after being warned by a Blues fan about the consequences of netting against Roberto Martinez ’s side.

“The guy on the checkout in the supermarket told me he wouldn’t serve me if I scored so I’m not going in my local Tesco for a while now,” he told the ECHO.

“The fella knows who he is, I know who he is. I don’t intend to go in there for the next few days.

“Maybe I’ll pop in next week just to check whether he’s okay and to see whether we can move on from this.”

Having rescued the Reds a point, Sturridge raced half the length of the pitch before performing his trademark dance celebration.

The 24-year-old chose that part of Goodison as it was where he was subjected to plenty of verbals while he was warming up on the touchline.

“Steven told me to attack the near post and I’m glad I took his advice,” he said.

“The delivery was brilliant and I was just able to direct it into the far corner.“I celebrated where I did because the fans in that part of the ground were abusing me the whole time I was warming up so it was only right that I went down there and gave them a bit back.

“It’s all about the banter. It was nothing personal. A lot of people on the sidelines give the players a lot of banter when they are warming up.

“Sometimes you get the opportunity to return the favour and on Saturday I got the chance to do that.”

Brendan Rodgers voiced his frustration post-match about the fact that Sturridge was only deemed fit enough for bench duty.

The Reds boss was unhappy that the striker played 90 minutes for England against Germany at Wembley in midweek – despite being unable to train properly due to an ongoing thigh problem.

Sturridge, who came on for Lucas Leiva 11 minutes from time, understood why he was reduced to a cameo role, but insisted he had no regrets about answering Roy Hodgson’s call to play for his country.

“For me regardless of what condition you are in, fit or not fit, if you are selected by the England manager you go out there and do the best you can, regardless of whether you are carrying an injury or not,” he said.

“The manager gave me an opportunity and it’s always a pleasure to put the England shirt on.

“I have been hampered for the past three (Liverpool) games. Since West Brom, when I got the bang, I’ve had blood underneath my muscles in my thigh.

“It’s still there now. When I shoot from long distance I still feel pain but it’s getting better.

“It’s important that I’m training. I didn’t get to train much when I was away with England. I only trained once before the game.

“I need to get the momentum going, just try to get it right and make sure I’m in the right condition to be able to go out there and do myself justice.

“I hope I’ll be fit enough to start against Hull next weekend. It would be great to be back in the side.”

Sturridge was the last Liverpool player to leave the pitch at Goodison after throwing his shirt into the away end.

His first experience of a Goodison derby may have been short and sweet but he was delighted to leave his stamp on it with his ninth Premier League goal of the campaign.

“It was a remarkable game to be a part of,” he said.

“I wasn’t too sure whether I would get on as we were holding on to a lead at 2-1. Sometimes when you are holding on to a lead you don’t want to make changes because it can affect the team.

“But when they scored the manager told me to warm up again and then put me on there. I am just glad that I was able to help us get a draw.

“In the end we have to be happy with a point. We were a bit disappointed that we didn’t win having led twice but now we’ll look to push on.

“We showed great character and resilience to get back into the game. A draw was probably the fair result.”

Luis Suarez and Sturridge now boast 18 league goals between them this season and are one adrift of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot.

However, Sturridge insists it was Reds keeper Simon Mignolet and youngster Jon Flanagan who deserved the plaudits for their contribution to the derby.

“Simon is a top class goalkeeper,” he said.

“At the start of the season everyone saw what he was all about with that penalty save against Stoke City.

“He set himself a standard. It’s difficult as a keeper to be unbelievable in every game. But Simon is an unbelievable guy on and off the field and we’re so happy to have him here.

“I thought Jon Flanagan was man of the match against Everton and everyone was so happy for him.

“He works tirelessly every day in training. He’s a top class lad off the field. I love the guy. He’s been patient waiting for his opportunity and he has taken his chance.

“There is so much talent running through this team. It’s not about individuals, it’s about Liverpool Football Club and it’s great to be part of it.”

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