Sturridge was glad to have left Man City in 2009.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says leaving Manchester City for Chelsea in 2009 saved him from still being on the bench now.
The 24-year-old came through the ranks at City before breaking into the first team back in 2006, but worried for his future when mega rich Sheikh Mansour bought the club in 2008.
Sturridge managed just 32 appearances for the side in three years, before the Blues came in and bought the England international for an eventual £7m transfer fee.
Whilst the forward was also left frustrated for regular game time at Stamford Bridge, he believes that making the switch to west London saved his career.
“I would not have got to where I am today if I had stayed,” Sturridge was quoted by the Mirror.
“It was difficult for me at Manchester City as a young player aged 18 or 19, with all the money they have.”
However, after joining the Blues Sturridge was generally played as a winger rather than in his preferred No.9 role, due to the presence of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.
In January 2013 the Reds swooped in and saved the attacker once again though, as Brendan Rodgers sanctioned a £12m move for the Englishman.
Unlike at his previous two teams Sturridge has been given a regular run in the starting XI as a striker and it is Rodgers’ men that are reaping the rewards.
Since the move the forward has scored 34 goals in just 45 matches and is a certainty to be in the Three Lions’ 2014 World Cup squad if fit.
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