However, the 23-year-old harbours no hard feelings towards his former club and has no regrets about moving to
Sturridge started training with City's first team aged 17 and made his debut in
The takeover by former
When Eriksson was replaced by
Sturridge was named City's young player of the season in
"I went into the first team when the influx of money came in (from Shinawatra) and they had a lot of strikers coming in," said the England international, who faces City at the
"When the new owners (Sheikh Mansour) came in they started spending more money and so for me it was always going to be difficult.
"People said I was greedy to sign for Chelsea and leave City but they (City) are the richest club in the world, so why I am being greedy going to a club with less money?
"When I moved to
"I knew I wouldn't play every week but I knew I would learn from both players.
"I think I've not had an opportunity to show what I can do but I am delighted with how everything went at both clubs.
"I won some trophies with Chelsea, won the Youth Cup with City which will always be with me for the rest for my life.
"I had some great friendships there, so I'd like to thank them for bringing me to where I am today - the Academy people at City were fantastic."
Sturridge has continually had to deal with accusations that he has not delivered on the potential he showed, but it is something he rejects.
He is still relatively young and believes, given the time and a good run of first-team football, he can deliver at the highest level.
"For myself, I don't want to worry about what anyone says," he told Sky Sports.
"When you are at a big club at a young age and people think you have not produced they will be on your back, especially if you have a senior player sitting on the bench and you are playing.
"People don't realise that from the age of 17 I've had seven managers. It has been difficult to settle for me.
"For any player who has so many managers it is difficult to settle, because for managers it is difficult to play young players when there is a lot of pressure and adversity at a club. But I am more mature now and I am ready to play.
"Hopefully this is the club I settle at and stay at for many years to come.
"I have no worries, no stresses. I already have a love for the club and it is growing day in, day out and hopefully we can stay in love for the rest of our lives."
Sturridge attracted criticism when he signed for Liverpool by stating there was no bigger club in
But his opinion on the club he joined for £12 million ($18.1 million) almost a month ago is in no doubt.
"There are not many similarities between Liverpool and my two other clubs," he told Sky Sports.
"When I was at City they weren't on the level of United, Arsenal or Liverpool - but nowadays they are - and when I signed for Chelsea they were a big club already.
"But the history of
"You only realise how big this club is when you actually get here. It is a blessing to be here."