Wednesday, 5th February, 2014

Daniel Sturridge has revealed that being able to play his natural game is the reason behind his prolific form at Liverpool .

The England international, who joined the Reds from Chelsea last January, has scored an impressive 28 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside club. While his stint at Stamford Bridge resulted in just 24 goals in a total of 96 matches.

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And Sturridge, who admitted that he was forced to play out on the flanks due to lack of belief at Chelsea, insisted that he was always an out-and-out striker.

However, the 24-year-old explained that he is receiving the opportunity to play his natural game at Liverpool, which is just playing on instinct.


"I was never sure if I'd play as a striker [at Chelsea] because people didn't believe in me”, Sturridge was quoted as saying by his club’s official site.

“I was often asked to play in a different position and to do a job for the team but, having been a striker and then being asked to just flick a switch and play on the wing was always going to be difficult, because mentally you're going to play the way you always have and I play on instinct.

"I think that now I'm just playing the way that I did as a kid but I'd never had the chance to do that.

“When I was playing as a winger at Chelsea I was overthinking it because I wasn't used to doing it.

“It's about that split second when you have to decide whether you do this or do that whereas now I'm just playing on instinct.

"I'm just doing the natural thing, playing my natural game and doing things off the cuff. Like the goal against Aston Villa, it happened so fast that I had to watch a video of it afterwards to see what I'd done.”

Sturridge, who has had an injury-plagued season this term, has still managed to score 17 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.

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