Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed that he was apprehensive when he first signed for the club.
In a message on social media site Instagram, as part of the ‘Throwback Thursday’ trend, he posted a picture of himself watching the Reds for the first time and explained that he was worried about the future when his move from Chelsea was confirmed back in 2013.
He posted the picture above with the caption: “New club. New city. Genuinely wondering what was gonna happen next. My first time watching my new team mates play. Thank God for everything that comes my way. Grateful and humbled by everything that has happened to me in my life. Everything for a reason.”
Thankfully for Sturridge the switch has worked out, as he has established himself as a fans’ favourite at Anfield after his goalscoring exploits during his career so far.
The England international already has 31 goals in just 43 Premier League appearances for the Reds and was one of their key players as they reclaimed a top-four spot last season.
His importance to the side is likely to increase again this year, too, after Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona this summer.
Brendan Rodgers’ men will be looking for a man to replace the Uruguayan’s goals and Sturridge is the most likely player in their current squad to be able to do that.
His haul of 21 goals last season was ten behind Suarez’s, but there is a hope that given greater freedom up-front, as he will be this season, and being their main man may inspire him to emulate his former partner’s feat from last year.
Currently he looks set to play alongside Rickie Lambert for the Reds, but Rodgers is hoping to bring in another front-man this summer.
Regardless of who that is, Sturridge will now be the spearhead of Liverpool’s attack and he will have to excel in that role if they are to retain their place in the Champions League again.