Liverpool striker wants to be next Didier Drogba

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Daniel Sturridge's impact at Liverpool since his transfer from Chelsea has been inspired, with the young forward having netted 11 goals and contributed five assists in only 15 appearances since January.

Five of those goals have come in his last three starts for the Reds, and the 23-year-old feels he Merseyside club are feeling the benefit of him operating more regularly in a favoured role as a central striker.

Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea for a fee of £12 million in the last transfer window having endured a largely unsuccessful spell at Stamford Bridge, but the England international says the experience gained in west London has helped him be a hit at Anfield.

The former Manchester City trainee has identified the influence of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as a key factor in his recent resurgence, and is now focused on taking his own game to a similar level to that of the Ivorian veteran.

"At Chelsea, I didn’t play two games in a row as a striker,” Sturridge said, as reported The Mirror. “I didn’t have an opportunity but that’s in the past for me now.

"I am a lot more peaceful and I’m playing with a clear mind.

"Before there were a lot of things going on and mentally it was hard for me. It’s difficult when you do well and then don’t play the next game as you feel, ‘What more can I do?’

"But I’m glad all that happened. God made that happen and showed me how I need to be strong mentally.

"Being strong mentally is the one thing that can separate you from anyone else.

"When I worked with Didier Drogba at Chelsea, the one strength he had above everybody was his mental strength.

"I learned a lot from working with him about what it takes to be a top player.

"Hopefully I’ll become one."

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