Forward swaps Stamford Bridge for Anfield.
Liverpool Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea.
Afterwards he told Liverpoolfc.com of his joy at sealing the deal.
“I am humbled and happy to be here,” said Sturridge.
“Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time – and I also see myself here for a long time. I’ve not signed here to play for a couple of years and then move on.
“I’ve signed to be here for as long as possible. It’s a humongous club – for me, one of the biggest in the world – and to have the fans and world-class players we have here is amazing.”
SOURCE: Liverpool Official Website
Wasn’t it Kenny Dalglish, rather than his successor Brendan Rodgers, who loved to spend large amount of the owners’ money on over-priced, overrated Englishmen?
Liverpool have reportedly shelled out £12m to bring the forward to Anfield from Chelsea and, although Sturridge is young enough to improve, he has shown little to suggest he justifies such a price-tag.
Although quick and composed, Sturridge’s game is limited by a poor first touch and an over-reliance on his left-foot, while his best position also remains in question.
The England international looked most effective for Chelsea when used in a wide role by former boss Andre Villas-Boas but the former Man City youngster has made it clear, like Theo Walcott, that he dislikes playing on the wing and favours a central striking role.
A centre-forward, of course, is exactly what Liverpool need at present but Sturridge’s goal-scoring record at Chelsea – 12 goals in 50 Premier League appearances – suggests he is not the man to lessen the burden on Luis Suarez’s shoulders.
Indeed, Rodgers is a fan of pace and width and Sturridge may find himself back on wing before long, particularly with Italian striker Fabio Borini close to a comeback.
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