“Heartbroken” Daniel Sturridge opens up over Liverpool disappointment

Daniel Sturridge says it “took a while” to get over Liverpool’s disappointment of narrowing missing out on last season’s Premier League title, but insists the Reds are raring to go once again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sturridge’s 21 league goals helped Liverpool to an exciting season, finishing just two points behind Manchester City.

But it was a defeat to Chelsea late in the season that proved the killer blow to Brendan Rodgers’ side’s title dreams, ending an 11-game winning streak.

Opening up about being within touching distance of the club’s first league title since 1990, Sturridge is quoted in Tuesday’s Independent as saying, “We were heartbroken at the end of last season but we are refreshed this season and mentally ready for a long season, especially with the Champions League.

“That is something I can’t wait to play in and the players can’t wait to play in.

“It took a while (to get over the disappointment). It is not easy to get over things like that but everyone is over that now and we look forward to the future and hopefully bringing success the club.”

The 24-year-old was on hand to score Liverpool’s winner in their opening game of the 2014/15 season — the Reds defeating Southampton 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

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Rodgers has demanded more goals from his players this season and Sturridge says the team has the confidence to reproduce the attacking flair they showed in the last campaign.

He added, “We have confidence within ourselves, we have a belief within the squad we can win every game – no matter what the opposition – with the philosophies the manager has and the individuals we have and how they work collectively.”