Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge: I’m very self-critical and won’t get complacent

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists he won't get complacent after scoring seven goals in eight top-flight games this term

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Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January Photo: The Sport Review

Daniel Sturridge says he won’t allow complacency to set in after the Liverpool striker’s impressive start to the season.

The 23-year-old has netted seven goals in eight Premier League games and is leading the English top-flight’s goal-scoring chart.

But Sturridge, who joined Liverpool in a £12m deal from Chelsea in the January transfer window, feels there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“I don’t want to get comfortable,” Rodgers told SI.com. “I actually get very uncomfortable when I’m comfortable.

“I hate complacency. I’m not happy with just having good numbers; I’m not content when I know there’s more to accomplish.”

He added: “I am very critical of myself, so I’ll watch a game and think, ‘I didn’t do very well over there.’ My dad is the same. He’s my biggest fan and critic, so he’ll watch videos and pick out stuff, which annoys me to be honest, but I have to take it on board so I can become a better player.

“I come from a family that is crazy about football, with my uncles as well, so there is always advice and tips that’s available for me.

“When I was a kid, I would always score a goal a game or more. It would never be less goals than games.

“Obviously it’s not the same when you’re in the first team of a big club. It is much more difficult, but that’s the aim to try and get it as close as possible. I know what I can do, and I have to make sure I’m competing against myself and pushing as hard as I can.”

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