Daniel Sturridge has hailed Chelsea and their ‘world class strikers’ for helping the Liverpool star become the player he is today.
Sturridge also credited his time in the Manchester City youth team and his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers for his progression.
The Liverpool star had a tough time during his spell at Chelsea and spent the majority of his time either on the bench or playing out of position, handcuffing the England striker. As a result, Sturridge scored just 13 Premier League goals in four seasons at Stamford Bridge.
In an exclusive interview with BT Sport as one of their ambassadors, Sturridge said: “Playing for Chelsea and learning new things, learning movement, training with guys like Didier, playing with them, being close up to world class strikers Anelka and Didier.
“Anelka was my idol when I was a kid growing up, I always used to love watching him play. To watch them close up and to play with them was a great honour for myself.”
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A costly decision
Since moving to Liverpool for a bargain price of £12million, Sturridge has netted 33 goals in 57 Premier League appearances proving to Chelsea what they missed out on.
Now with Luis Suarez’s departure from Anfield, Sturridge is Liverpool’s main striker but injuries have held the the 25-year-old back limiting him to just eight appearances in all competitions so far.
“At Man City, growing up with the likes of Wright-Phillipps and seeing him and Micah Richards, Nedum Onuoha, Stephen Ireland, all them guys helped me become who I am today and I’m grateful to the academy system. They all helped in my career. So I’m always thankful to them for what they’ve done,” said Sturridge.
However, despite all the setbacks, Sturridge has always been confident in his own ability and was never in doubt.
“I thought I’d be where I am. Ive always been confident in myself. But its been a long journey to get to where I am. Nothing is easy and things take time to come to fruition. I’m happy with everything that’s gone on in my career as its helped to get me to where I am today,” said the Liverpool striker.
Sturridge made his much anticipated return to the starting line up against Tottenham Hotspur last night and although he was not on the scoresheet, he put in an impressive performance lasting around 70 minutes - before Mario Balotelli came on to score the winning goal.
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his star striker can stay fit for the remainder of the season considering his side are still in the FA Cup, Europa League and pushing for top six in the league.
Watch the full interview on ‘Owen Meets Sturridge’ at 10pm BT Sport 1 Thurs 12 Feb.
Watch Crystal Palace v Liverpool in the FA Cup 5th round on BT Sport 1 from 5pm on Sat Feb 14.