Sturridge: Liverpool move restored my love for football

The striker says a lack of consistent minutes at Chelsea saw him demoralised before being reinvigorated by his switch to Anfield

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed that his move to the club has restored his love for football.

The 24-year-old forward has been in outstanding form for Liverpool this season, netting 18 goals in 21 league fixtures in the current campaign as his side have mounted a sustained bid for the title.

But just over one year ago, things were vastly different for a frustrated Sturridge, who was not playing regularly at Chelsea.

“At Chelsea when Andre Villas-Boas was there and I played more – on the right wing mainly – and I was enjoying it. It wasn’t about the position, it was about playing,” he told the Daily Express.

“But then AVB got fired, [Roberto] Di Matteo got the job and I was out of the team again. I felt I couldn’t sit on the bench any longer as I had got used to playing.

“I was enjoying the feeling of putting my kit on and being on the pitch. I lost my love for the game at that point because I was back at square one.

“I wanted to learn from Didier Drogba and Nico Anelka. I thought when Didier moved on, I would be next in line but it wasn’t the case.”

And Sturridge now believes Liverpool can win the Premier League.

“At the beginning of the season the aim was to get into the Champions League,” he continued. “Now we’re getting towards the business end and we’re up there, a lot of peoples’ perception is that maybe we can win the league.

“There are others in a better position than us, it’s going to be very difficult, but we will see what happens. The way the boys are playing and the confidence we have, the camaraderie, is something I have not been part of for a long time.”

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