Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has full confidence in Daniel Sturridge despite those who doubt the £12m signing's attitude. The 23-year-old is at his third big club in less than four years after but Rodgers was keen to defend his new signing against the whispering campaign which has accompanied his short career so far.
"It has been very unfair, I have to say" said the Reds boss.
"Sometimes when you are quiet and you focus on yourself you can be criticised for being awkward, but I don't think that is the case with Daniel at all.
"I was aware of him beforehand and I think any frustrations and disappointments he's had were purely down to the basis he wasn't playing or getting an opportunity.
"I can understand that. He went (to Chelsea) as a 20-year-old and it was always going to be difficult for him to play.
"But he has mixed well here and is very hungry to learn. It is going to take time for him to feel at ease and comfortable.
"This will be his first time playing at Anfield and that is a real special feeling."