Liverpool star Sturridge speaks about time at Chelsea and City

The England international has stated that the opportunity to play regular has always been more important to him than earning money.

Daniel Sturridge has really blossomed under Brendan Rodgers’ stewardship at Liverpool, with the England striker playing a major role in the Reds’ title charge this season.

Always sublimely gifted, Sturridge was not afforded the first-team opportunities to play at Manchester City or Chelsea and as a result left both sides.

Despite playing for two of the richest clubs in English football, Sturridge has discounted the important of earning big wages, and stated that he is more content at Liverpool where he gets the chance to play week-in, week-out.

"Maybe because I played for City and Chelsea, people think, 'Oh, he has played for big clubs', but I have always chased to play," Sturridge is quoted as saying by the Irish Independent.

"I want to be successful, I'm a winner and I've always wanted to win – but it's not about sitting on the bench and earning money and being content. It's about playing, living your dream, winning medals and leaving the pitch smiling.

"When you're a kid you dream about playing football, of playing as much as you can until your mum calls you in. People think I got loads of money at City and left for Chelsea to chase more money. They said, 'He's a money-grabber' yet City were the richest club in the world, so how was I chasing the money?”

Sturridge went on to state that he felt he would get a significant opportunity at Stamford Bridge once seasoned campaigners Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka left, but opted to leave Chelsea due to a lack of game time.

"Chelsea told me I would get opportunities and they believed in me,” Sturridge continued.

“I wanted to learn from Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. I thought when Didier moved on, I would be next in line but it wasn't the case. It is difficult for young players who are involved at a club with a lot of money.

“If they can buy the world's best striker who has scored 30 goals a season two years in a row, why are they going to give an 18-year-old English player who's not experienced first-team football a chance? Young players should seek first-team football."

Sturridge has netted 18 goals in 19 starts for the Reds this season and looks set to star at the World Cup this summer.

Liverpool signed the 24-year-old for around £12 million, which is proving to be money well spent.

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