Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has said he has been able to be himself a lot more since his move from Chelsea in January last year.
Sturridge has been a hit with Liverpool fans since his £12million arrival with an impressive scoring record for the club – which includes 17 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions this season.
The Reds' striker told The Anfield Wrap: ‘I wasn’t me as a person in terms of how open I am – I was in my shell a lot. It’s hard to explain, but I was never myself in interviews. I always felt like I wasn’t relaxed there [at Chelsea] – I always felt that I couldn’t by myself and was always on edge.’
‘A lot of guys are extremely serious and maybe in the past I’ve tried to be serious and be someone that I wasn’t. I’m just a guy who likes to enjoy and be happy and not worried about the pressure of doing an interview right or being a certain way. I just thought it was right when I moved to Liverpool to be myself.’
Being more relaxed certainly seems to have improved Sturridge in front of goal, as well as playing in a more central role, spearheading the attack - whether that's been on his own or alongside Luis Suarez.
During his time at Chelsea, Sturridge found the net on 24 occasions, and provided 10 assists while making 96 appearances for the club. At Liverpool, however, he has made just 35 appearances, scoring 28 goals and providing eight assists.
Though some of that will be down to him playing in a more a central position – which was touched on in the interview – a lot of it could do with the style of play that Brendan Rodgers deploys, which is favourable to the attacking players and allows for plenty of scoring opportunities.
Something has clicked for the the striker over the past year at Anfield, and it seems that for as long as Sturridge is being himself at Anfield, the more Liverpool will reap the rewards of a top-class striker who has many years ahead of him in the game terrorising opposition defences.
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