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Sturridge: "This is a Fraction of What I Can Do"

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Daniel Sturridge made an instant impact when he arrived at Liverpool, but the striker believes he still has a long way to go before he can show his best at a club that has quickly become a new home.

Laurence Griffiths

After arriving at the start of January, Daniel Sturridge made an instant impact for his new club when he scored three times in his first three matches. He hasn't quite managed to keep up that blistering initial pace over the past few games, but his work rate, movement, and link-up play with Luis Suarez in particular has continued to encourage.

Sturridge, though, feels Liverpool and its fans haven't seen the best he has to offer yet. And while he believes he's had a good start, he thinks he will be able to do far more once he's fully fit and has had more time to work with his new teammates.

"I'm hard on myself and I'd like to do a lot better than I am doing," was his take on how he's performed since moving. "I've been performing okay but this is a fraction of what I'm actually able to do. Hopefully I'll be able to show what I'm really capable of doing in the months and years to come when I'm playing week in, week out and I'm fully fit."

However, while Sturridge believes he still has work to do to get up to speed at Liverpool, one thing he's more than happy about has been a quickly developing partnership with Suarez. Right from the start the two have linked up naturally, at times appearing as though they've played together for years, and it's helped to ease Sturridge's transition to a new club and style of play.

"It's going well," he said. "It's early days but the early signs are that we're playing well together. The more you play with someone you start doing things telepathically and playing off the cuff as you know their movements, [but] it’s been easy to play with Luis because we are on the same wavelength and understand how each other plays.

"Sometimes you just have that on field chemistry with someone. If you look at when Thierry Henry played with Dennis Bergkamp, or Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole—people like that just get along and happen to have chemistry on the field."

As for whether he's happy with the move north from London, the answer for Sturridge is an unequivocal yes, and after going through seven managers in his young career and often finding himself on the fringes at Chelsea he's just hoping for a little stability at his new home. Even if he didn't realise how big that new home was until he got there.

"I always knew Liverpool were a big club," he added, "but I never realised how big until I joined. It's amazing to be a part of it all. When you hear 'You'll Never Walk Alone,' it maybe doesn't touch you when you're not playing for the club. But when you actually play for the club, you feel the passion and it gets you ready to play.

"I feel totally settled with no worries, no stresses. I’ve got my family here and my team-mates have been fantastic. It’s a blessing to be here."