Lack of Chelsea faith led to Liverpool move, reveals Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge has thanked Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for believing in his abilities, something that was never the case at his former club Chelsea, ESPN has reported.

Sturridge spent three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge following a summer 2009 move from Manchester City, eventually departing for Anfield in January 2013, and already has more Premier League goals for Liverpool than he managed for Chelsea. The England forward has 18 times in the league under Rodgers, having bagged just 12 for the Blues.

And Sturridge is happy to credit Rodgers with the upturn in his form since joining Liverpool. “ Brendan Rodgers knows what I need,” Sturridge said. “I needed to be believed in, to play as a centre-forward at a club, and I didn’t get that at Chelsea.

He gave me the opportunity to do that here. 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.

Sturridge continued: “When I went to Bolton [on loan in 2011], I was able to show what I can do because I was playing as a centre-forward. At Chelsea, I never got the chance to do that; but I’ve got that opportunity here.

Brendan was a big part of me coming here because I knew about him from when I was at Chelsea. He had tried to get me on loan when he was at Swansea, so I knew he rated me. He knows how I work.

Sturridge’s goals – and partnership with Luis Suarez – have helped propel Liverpool to third in the table, two points and two places behind league leaders Arsenal, their Saturday evening opponents.

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