Sturridge happy as a striker

Daniel Sturridge is delighted that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given him the opportunity to play in his favoured position as a striker.

Last Updated: 04/11/13 at 20:48 Post Comment

Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool striker happy in his favoured position

Daniel Sturridge: Liverpool striker happy in his favoured position

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 24-year-old moved to Anfield from Chelsea in January and had spent large parts of his career at Stamford Bridge playing on the wing.

However, since his transfer, he has generally been deployed as a centre-forward by Rodgers and has responded by scoring 21 goals in 27 appearances for the club.

Sturridge believes he works well with Rodgers and told Sport magazine: "I knew he rated me. He knows how I work and what I need.

"I needed to be believed in, to play as a centre-forward at a club.

"I didn't get that at Chelsea, and Brendan gave me the opportunity to do that here.

"We work well together, and it's great to be part of his philosophy. He gets the most out of his players and makes us want to win for him.

"I'm just playing in the position that I enjoy. When I went to Bolton (on loan), I was able to show what I can do because I was playing as a centre-forward.

"At Chelsea, I never got the chance to do that, but I've got that opportunity at Liverpool.

"My self-belief and the hard work I put in on the training field helped me become the player I am now.

"If you ask Wayne Rooney or Danny Welbeck, they would say the same. None of us see ourselves as wingers or midfielders.

"We do a job for the team out there, of course, but it changes your game when you play out of position. Sometimes it hinders your performance.

"The biggest difference is I'm back to my natural thoughts and I've got no clouded vision when I'm on the field. That's probably the main change."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Ian Baraclough was delighted Motherwell's game plan worked at Ibrox

Ian Baraclough says Motherwell's game plan worked perfectly as they won 3-1 at Rangers in the Premiership play-off final

Stuart McCall disappointed by slack Rangers in Motherwell defeat

Stuart McCall says Rangers gave their poorest performance under him as they lost their play-off tie against Motherwell

FA chairman Greg Dyke calls for possible Russia 2018 boycott

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants UEFA nations to consider pulling out of the World Cup finals in Russia in two years' time.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company