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Daniel Sturridge to use last season's disappointment as motivation

Liverpool nearly ended their 24-year wait for a league title last term, but eventually finished second to Premier League winners Manchester City.

Daniel Sturridge has claimed that he is using the disappointment of last season's runners-up finish as motivation for the new campaign.

Liverpool almost ended their 24-year wait for a league title in swashbuckling fashion, but they were eventually pipped to the post by Manchester City and the 24-year-old admitted he was "hurtful".

However, looking ahead to the new season, the England international said that he cannot wait to get started and revealed that last term's finish will be the fuel to light the fire when they get underway in August.

Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, he said: "We missed out on winning the league last season which is kind of hurtful, but we are moving on now and we are looking forward to next season.

"We are looking forward to a big year, it is going to be a big season and we can't wait to go on as it is going to be amazing."

The former Chelsea forward also expressed his delight at turning out for the five-time European Cup winners.

Sturridge's career has taken an upward curve since he moved for around £12 million in January 2013, and the striker, who hit 21 Premier League goals last season, talked up his pleasure at lining up for his club.

"It is a great feeling," he added. "It is a lot of people's dream to be playing for a club like Liverpool, and so I am living my dream and I am thankful for everything that has come my way.

"I am looking forward to the future, as I said before, it is going to be a big deal for me and I am really excited."

Brendan Rodgers' side begin their new campaign with a visit of Southampton to Anfield on August 16.

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