Daniel Sturridge has slammed former club Chelsea by claiming no-one at the Blues understood his game – unlike at ‘bigger club’ Liverpool.
The 24-year-old left Stamford Bridge last January after struggling to hold down a first team spot under a succession of managers, but has thrived both alone and alongside Luis Suarez at Anfield.
Sturridge has already scored 21 goals in his Reds career, just three short of his haul during his three-and-a-half-year spell at Chelsea.
And the striker has put the boot into his former club by challenging the Blues’ history and attitude of the fans compared to those at Liverpool.
‘This club is more of a pressure cooker than Chelsea. [There] we were challenging for titles and the expectation from the fans and a lot of expensive players get bought and you’re fighting for your place,’ Sturridge told ESPN.
Sturridge was accused of having a selfish attitude while at Chelsea, with fans frustrated by his persistent desire to shoot from tight angles, rather than passing to a team-mate.
But the former Manchester City youngster has refuted those claims, insisting those at Stamford Bridge didn’t understand him and weren’t willing to give him a chance.
‘The selfish thing – people at Chelsea have an opinion – and everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but for me I was never given an opportunity there,’ he added.
‘I’m only on for five minutes, I’ve got to try and do something. I’ve got to try and shoot.
‘People have an opinion of me, [saying] ‘Daniel Sturridge this, Daniel Sturridge that’ and I’m selfish and this and that, but for me I’ve always tried to help the team win games and here at Liverpool I always try and sit on my opponents and I’m not a selfish player.