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Daniel Sturridge: Chelsea did not believe in me

GOAL MAN: Sturridge celebrates scoring (PA)

EX-CHELSEA STRIKER Daniel Sturridge is in hot scoring form for Liverpool these days and he has now claimed people at the west London club did not believe in him enough to play him in his preferred forward role.

Instead his time with the Blues was marked by the England hitman playing out on the wing – not his natural position he claims.

Sturridge, who bagged his 17th league goal of the season on Sunday (Feb 2) against West Brom, told Liverpool’s official website: “I was never sure if I'd play as a striker [at Chelsea] because people didn't believe in me.

“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. When I was playing as a winger at Chelsea I was overthinking it because I wasn't used to doing it.”

The forward, who was loaned out to Bolton during his stay at Chelsea, added: “It's about that split second when you have to decide whether you do this or do that whereas now I'm just playing on instinct.

“I'm just doing the natural thing, playing my natural game and doing things off the cuff. Like the goal against Aston Villa, it happened so fast that I had to watch a video of it afterwards to see what I'd done.”

Sturridge has formed a lethal partnership with fellow Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, and it was the Uruguayan who gave the assist for the ex-Man City player’s goal as the Reds drew 1-1 with the Baggies.

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