Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has claimed that he is better now than he was when he joined the club as he started training with Spanish club Real Mallorca.
Sturridge was one of Liverpool’s main offensive threats after joining from Chelsea in 2013. He formed a killer trio with Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling that put the Reds two points away from the 2013/14 Premier League title. However, his time at the club was plagued by injuries.
Over time, he faded from the team’s first image at Anfield as new talents appeared on the scene.
A loan spell at West Brom did nothing to help revive his career. In the end, it was sold to the Turkish club Trabzonspor in 2019.
He signed a three-year deal. But that ended after only six months After receiving a four-month worldwide ban for breaking betting rules.
The 31-year-old this week began training with Mallorca in his first foray into professional football since the suspension.
He said, “I’m obsessed with being better than I was before. [I’ve been] I’ve been training day in and day out for the last 12 months, even when I’ve been punished.
Covid-19 came and no one was able to play. But looking forward I’m sure I’ll be fine. I’m training so intensely that I’m doing better than I did eight years ago.
“I’m better than before. I’m older, I have more knowledge, my body is in great shape. In terms of my physical form, I didn’t think it was possible for me to be able to do the things I do now. I prove to myself that this is possible and I’m proud so.”
The 26th England international had his first day of training yesterday. It is not clear if there is any intention from Mallorca to sign him if he performs well.
Regardless, Sturridge clearly feels he has something to give him back for the game, having apparently matured as of late.
He added, “I know when it’s time for bed I can tell myself ‘This is not good for you.'” I know what I can do and what I can’t.
“I am responsible for everything that touches me. I am passionate, I want to win and help the team, I want to pass on my knowledge to the young players so that they do not make the mistakes I made. I want to help them be the best version of themselves.”
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