Daniel Sturridge: "Chelsea never believed in me"

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has insisted that his style of play is no different from his time with Chelsea, telling The Telegraph that the Blues were never sold on him as a central striker and failed to provide the platform for the forward to prove his true worth.

Sturridge spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge before completing the move to Liverpool in January 2013, a switch which has so far been a roaring success thanks to a thriving partnership with strike partner Luis Suarez.

The 24-year-old is now very much a recognised central striker, but spent much of his Chelsea career occupying an advanced role on the right-hand side despite initially shining on loan at Bolton Wanderers.

Chelsea had a plethora of central strike options and Sturridge has shared that the club's decision to sign Fernando Torres for £50m effectively spelled the end of his time at Stamford Bridge, before waxing lyrical on being given the freedom to perform with Liverpool.

He told The Telegraph: “I think I’ve always played the way I am now. Ask the players at Chelsea.

"It’s just that I never got the chance because Didier [Drogba] and Nico [Anelka] were unbelievable and then they signed Torres. Chelsea never believed in me as a centre forward.”

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been more than vindicated in his decision to splash out on Sturridge this season, with the England international scoring 18 goals in 20 Premier League matches to help Liverpool emerge as a genuine title contender.

Suarez has struck up a terrific partnership with his new partner in crime, with the pair bagging 47 goals between them for club and country, form which has carried Liverpool to second in the table heading into this weekend's clash with Manchester United.

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