England star glad to have joined Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge says that he is pleased he did not carry on playing for Manchester City or Chelsea.

Daniel Sturridge has been a revelation since he switched from Chelsea to Liverpool in January 2013.

Having first failed to make it into the first team on a regular basis at Manchester City, he went to Chelsea, but there too he found things tough.

The 24-year-old was asked to play as a winger, and although he did the best he could in that part of the pitch, it was clear that he was being played out of position.

So despite winning the Premier League in 2010, the FA Cup in 2010 and 2012 and the Champions League in 2012 as part of Chelsea, Sturridge left the London club for Liverpool last year.

At the time it was seen a good move for both the player and the club. The Reds were showing ambition under manager Brendan Rodgers but still needed some final tweaks to the squad; Sturridge wanted to play regularly and featuring alongside Luis Suarez was only going to make him better.

What has happened since then has been tremendous. The England international burst into life at Anfield and finished the 2012-13 campaign with 10 goals in 14 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit. In addition to that, he provided three assists.

In the absence of the suspended Suarez at the start of the season, Sturridge led Liverpool’s charge, and when the Uruguayan returned, he continued to be an able complement. 20 goals and seven assists have come in just 25 league appearances, figures that have propelled Liverpool to two points clear at the top of the table with five more rounds of matches remaining.

Sturridge has no regrets in not striving to compete with the megastars at City or not willing to play in a different position at Chelsea

"I would not have got to where I am today if I had stayed,” The Mirror quotes him as saying. "It was difficult for me at Manchester City as a young player aged 18 or 19, with all the money they have.

“Realistically, you look back and they only have Micah Richards from the academy playing for the club's first team - everyone else has been signed by Man City, so I feel I made the right decision leaving there."

At Chelsea, they believed in him but as a winger, an idea Sturridge did not subscribe to.

"At first, it was a matter of learning from the likes of Didier (Drogba), and I thought I would get my opportunity sooner, but they didn't believe in me as a centre-forward," he explained. "They always said, 'You're not a centre-forward, you're a winger' - that's how they saw me, but that hurt me because I've played down the middle all my life.

"The pitch has always been where I've been able to express myself the most, where I feel happiest, and I was deprived of that opportunity at Chelsea. There were times when I was sat at home, very upset, and I fell out of love with the game.

"In every job, you want to be able to do what you love, and it's the hardest thing to accept when someone takes it away from you. I was scared, I wasn't sure about the future and I'm thankful to God that I had my family behind me. In the end, I was so happy that I was able to go on loan to Bolton and prove to myself, 'I can still do this.'”

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