Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says that "people didn't believe in me" during his time at Chelsea, and that he struggled to be himself during his time in west London. The 24-year-old arrived at Anfield 12 months ago and has proven himself one of Brendan Rodgers' most intelligent signings. His partnership with Luis Suarez has seen both men thrive and Sturridge has netted 24 league goals in 30 appearances since his arrival. However, his £12million purchase was seen as something of a risk at the time following a difficult four-year stint in at Stamford Bridge, where he failed to lay a marker as a first-team regular under a revolving door of managers. "When I was at Chelsea I wasn’t myself," he says, speaking in Issue seven of The Anfield Wrap magazine. "I wasn’t me as a person in terms of how open I am – I was in my shell a lot. It’s hard to explain, but I was never myself in interviews. I always felt like I wasn’t relaxed there – I always felt that I couldn’t be myself and was always on edge. "I couldn’t be myself in terms of everything. When I came here I made the point to myself, 'You know what, Daniel, just be yourself' and if people take it well, then good. "A lot of people are extremely serious and maybe in the past I’ve tried to be serious and be someone that I wasn’t. I’m just a guy who likes to enjoy and be happy and not worried about the pressure of doing an interview right or being a certain way.
Liverpool's Sturridge: People just didn't believe in me at Chelsea - I wasn't myself
Daily Mirror | Feb 4