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Chelsea didn't believe in me - Sturridge

ESPN staff
February 4, 2014
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Daniel Sturridge believes his form this season is down to being played in a central attacking role by Brendan Rodgers and has hit out at Chelsea for not having faith in him as a striker.

Sturridge played under four different managers in his time at Stamford Bridge and was regularly used as a makeshift winger - but has scored 28 goals in 35 games since moving to Liverpool in January 2013.

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Speaking to The Anfield Wrap, Sturridge, who notched his 17th of the season in the 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, said: "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.

"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."

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