Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge slams former club Chelsea.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says Chelsea did not give him a chance and often played him out of position.
The England international endured a frustrating three years at Stamford Bridge, often playing on the wing, before joining Liverpool in January.
The 24-year-old netted just 13 times in 63 games during a frustrating three-and-a-half year period in West London but has already bagged 18 goals in just 23 games for Liverpool.
“When I went to Bolton [on loan], I was able to show what I can do because I was playing as a centre-forward,” he told talkSPORT.
“At Chelsea, I never got the chance to do that, and I’ve got that opportunity here [at Liverpool]. I’m just playing the position that I enjoy playing in.
“My faith in God, my self-belief and the hard work I put in on the training field; they’ve all helped me become the player I am now.
“But I’d say the biggest difference is I’m back to my natural thoughts and I’ve got no clouded vision when I’m on the field. That’s probably the main thing that has changed.”
Sturridge also thanked Reds boss Brendan Rodgers for helping his shoot to the top of the Premier League scoring charts following his £12m move to Merseyside and says the Northern Irishman was a major factor in his decision to move north.
“It was, yeah, because I knew about him from when I was at Chelsea.
“The players who were there spoke highly of him. He had tried to get me on loan when he was at Swansea, so I knew he rated me. He knows how I work.
“He knows what I need. I needed to be believed in, to play as a centre-forward at a club. I didn’t get that at Chelsea, and Brendan gave me the opportunity to do that here.
“We work well together, and it’s great to be part of his philosophy. He gets the most out of his players, and makes us want to win for him. He’s just very good at man-management as well as the tactics and team stuff.”