Liverpool agree deal for England star to boost Anfield firepower.
Daniel Sturridge is poised to become the first big mover of the transfer widow when he joins Liverpool for £12million.
The Reds are now finalising the deal, although it will not be done in time for Sturridge to make his debut against Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday night.
However, the former Manchester City hitman is expected to be at the game, and could be available for Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Mansfield.
Brendan Rodgers has captured Sturridge, who he knows him from his days at Chelsea, after pursuing him for most of his six-month Liverpool reign.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
In what is probably the worst kept secret in football at present, Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge is set to move to Liverpool.
Though the move will not be completed before tonight’s match against Sunderland, the 23 year-old had a medical over the Christmas period and only paperwork remains before the move can be finalised.
Liverpool have desperately needed additional firepower for quite some time.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has been in sensational form all season, but should he be injured or suspended, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is only able to call on the not exactly prolific Fabio Borini, Dani Pacheco, Samed Yesil or Adam Morgan.
The latter two have plenty of potential of course, but ought to be eased in to first team football gradually rather than have the pressure to perform regularly so early in their careers.
As for Sturridge, though most of his best football has come from a wide right position for Chelsea cutting in onto his favoured left foot, he will freely admit that he sees himself as a central striker.
Sturridge may find it tricky to displace Suarez from that position, but perhaps the pair will dovetail between the right side and centre forward position.
England forward Sturridge has often been criticised for perceived selfishness, but Brendan Rodgers will hope to train him up for the team’s passing game.
Given his technical attributes, Liverpool could then have quite some player on their hands.
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