The England international has been one of the driving forces behind Liverpool’s late title charge this season, scoring 20 goals and making seven assists in 25 top-flight games.
There were times when I was sat at home, very upset, and I fell out of love with the game
The 24-year-old failed to hold down a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge before his switch to Anfield.
And the striker has revealed that he was “hurt” by the Blues’ refusal to play him as a striker.
“At first [at Chelsea], it was a matter of learning from the likes of Didier Drogba, and I thought I would get my opportunity sooner, but they didn’t believe in me as a centre-forward,” Sturridge told the Daily Mirror.
“They always said, ‘You’re not a centre-forward, you’re a winger’ – that’s how they saw me, but that hurt me because I’ve played down the middle all my life.
“The pitch has always been where I’ve been able to express myself the most, where I feel happiest, and I was deprived of that opportunity at Chelsea.
“There were times when I was sat at home, very upset, and I fell out of love with the game.”
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