Daniel Sturridge "grateful" for Liverpool chance

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes he can ‘further’ his career at Anfield, after spending relatively quiet spells at Manchester City and Chelsea.

The English international also thanked manager, Brendan Rodgers, for the faith that he vested in him and feels that Liverpool was the best place for him.

The Merseyside club captured the talented forward in the January window this year from Chelsea for a £12 million transfer fee. Since then, he has enjoyed a successful start to life at Anfield, firing five goals in nine appearances and also feeding one assist.

Furthermore, Sturridge has so far proved to be an answer to the Reds woes of finding a suitable partner upfront for Luis Suarez. The duo have already developed a good understanding amongst them, playing an important hand in the team’s resurgence since the turn of the year.

The 23-year-old was often employed on the wings at his former clubs. Rodgers, though, has assigned him the central striker’s role – Sturridge’s preferred position.

And the talented attacker expressed his gratitude towards his manager for giving him the opportunity to show what he is capable of, and claimed that Liverpool was where he truly belonged.

He told Liverpool's official site: “I'm very grateful - very grateful to the manager for giving me an opportunity.

“I was at Man City before Chelsea and everything was fine there, in fairness. I didn't have any problems, everything worked out, but I chose to leave because I didn't feel it was the best place for me to further my career.

“I moved on to Chelsea and had success. We won trophies and I have medals but, in terms of my own individual ambitions, I didn't get to fulfil them.

“Hopefully here, now I'm at a club that believes in me with a manager who believes in me, I can give the fans something to smile about.

“I thank the manager for giving me the opportunity to get where I am today. My driving force isn't to prove people wrong. I am just trying to fulfil the talent that God gave me."


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