Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge motivated by anger

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Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge admitted he was motivated by anger to score against his former employers Chelsea.

The England forward did not hide his frustration at not starting the match, but soon made his presence felt by levelling the scores seven minutes after entering the field. 

He told the official Liverpool website: “I was disappointed not to start because the manager would have known I was a bit angry at Chelsea and wanted to prove a point against them."

Sturridge spent four years at the Blues but found first team opportunities increasingly limited.

The pacey front-man – who first came to prominence at Manchester City – joined the Kop outfit for an undisclosed fee in January.

“It was strange playing against them because I only left three months ago so I kind of knew their weakness and what their team was about,” he reflected.

An Oscar header put the Londoners in front before Sturridge levelled. Eden Hazard scored a penalty for the away side five minutes later, but controversial figure Luis Suarez equalised in injury time.

Sturridge’s strike against Chelsea was his sixth in 12 appearances for Liverpool, and the Birmingham-born attacker is looking to increase his return in the coming weeks. 

“I just look forward to the next one now, it’s onwards and upwards from here and I hope to continue to help the team get some results,” he said.

With four matches remaining, Liverpool are five points adrift of neighbours Everton, who occupy sixth spot in the Premier League table.

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