Daniel Sturridge has launched a verbal attack on Chelsea, claiming that the west London side never had any faith in his abilities.
The England striker, who left Stamford Bridge for Liverpool in 2013, has enjoyed a scintillating run of form with the Reds, and has struck up a prolific partnership with the Premier League’s leading goalscorer, Luis Suarez.
According to the Daily Star, Sturridge himself puts this down to the fact that people believe him in at Anfield, whereas at Chelsea he wasn’t given the freedom to play his way. Whilst with the Blues, Sturridge was largely made to play out wide in order to allow for the influential talents of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres to take the main striking role.
"I was never sure if I'd play as a striker [at Chelsea] because people didn't believe in me," Sturridge said.
"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, because mentally you're going to play the way you always have and I play on instinct.
"I think that now I'm just playing the way that I did as a kid but I'd never had the chance to do that.”
Sturridge has netted 14 goals in 16 appearances so far this season for Liverpool, and is credited as being one of the most pivotal players in Brendan Rodgers’ squad. Given Chelsea’s striking predicament, they may just be ruing the day they ever let him leave.