Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge believes he is playing so well because Brendan Rodgers is allowing him to play in his preferred central position.
The striker, who has scored 28 goals in just 35 games since moving to Anfield from Chelsea in January of last year, has revealed he now plays “on instinct” in an insightful interview with the Anfield Wrap, according to the Liverpool website.
The England man was never really utilised in a central-attacking position during his time at Stamford Bridge, or before at Manchester City.
“I was never sure if I’d play as a striker at Chelsea because people didn’t believe in me,” he admitted.
“I was often asked to play in a different position and to do a job for the team but, having been a striker and then being asked to just flick a switch and play on the wing was always going to be difficult.”
He failed to shine in his limited time in London, but his form in the past year has seen him become an important player for Rodgers, and build a daunting partnership with fellow front man Luis Suarez, dubbed the new 'SAS'.
Between them, they have scored 37 Premier League goals in just 24 games, and Sturridge has put this down to being able to play “the way that I did as a kid.”
“I’m just doing the natural thing, playing my natural game and doing things off the cuff,” he said.
Liverpool will hope his impressive scoring form continues when they host Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.
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