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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

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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."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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