Liverpool striker – I couldn’t leave Chelsea quickly enough!

Sturridge has no regrets at departing west London to join Premier League rivals.

Not too many players would jump at the chance of leaving Premier League giants Chelsea, but Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he didn’t think twice when given the opportunity to swap Stamford Bridge for Anfield.

Sturridge never quite managed to establish himself with the Blues; in more than three years since joining in the summer of 2009 he started just 31 games in the Premier League, a tally which brought a total of 13 goals.

He was offered a way out of that dead-end in January, when Liverpool came in for his services. His £12m move has seen him go on to rattle in 19 goals in only 26 appearances, forming a formidable understanding with Luis Suarez.

It is fair to say that since swapping blue for red, Sturridge’s career has never looked back, and he revealed in an interview with Four Four Two that the chance to move to Liverpool was too good to turn down. He said: "I first met [Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers] when I was at Man City and we played his Chelsea team in the Youth Cup. We beat them, so I've had a good time reminiscing with him about that!

“It was easy [to leave Chelsea]. I was ready to go and wanted to further my career. When Liverpool came knocking there was only one outcome.

“Liverpool are an unbelievable club with great history... it wasn’t a case of ‘Should I go?’ it was more like “When can I come?” When they put the bid in for me I was just thinking about getting myself up the motorway as fast as possible!”

A year on from his Chelsea departure, and Sturridge is preparing to return to the Liverpool side after recovering from an ankle injury. His return to training comes almost a month ahead of schedule, and is a huge boost for Rodgers’ side.

Such relief demonstrates just how far Sturridge has progressed in the last 12 months, from bit-part player to an integral member of a side which has very real aspirations of making the top four, perhaps even challenging for the Premier League title.

Having appeared to be going nowhere for so long, Sturridge is taking advantage of his new lease of life in emphatic style.

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