Liverpool today confirmed the signing of English forward, Daniel Sturridge, for an undisclosed fee.
Although, the deal is believed to be £12m, which once again questions Liverpool’s spending high policy with British players.
Sturrdige, 23, joins Brendan Rodgers squad after a period with Chelsea spanning 4 years where he struggled for first team football on a regular basis.
However, this move appears to be a move that may be more beneficial for him than his previous clubs Chelsea and Manchester City.
With Luis Suarez currently the only fit striker for Liverpool, one would expect Sturridge to be given chances as a central striker rather than played on the wing as he was commonly at Stamford Bridge;
“I’m humbled and happy to be here”
“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.”
Sturridge has only played one game this season in the Premier League, although he has had frequent injuries.
But for Sturridge this chance with his new club, must be taken, if he wants to hit the heights that most believe he can, with the ability he possess. He won’t get a better chance than this now, a club who most likely will give him games, and still aim for the top.
Sturridge’s move to the red side of Merseyside has been in the pipeline for a while now. But it is believed it was Sturridge who initially stalled it. Sturridge was believed to have been demanding a rule in his contract which meant he could only play as a striker – not a winger.
This may divide opinion among Liverpool fans but it also shows two sides to his character; he is out of line to have requested such a contractual agreement but it portrays his determination to be a world class striker.
“I see myself as a striker. I think I perform best there because my attributes, I believe, are used best as a central striker.
“But I have played on the wing and have learned a lot doing so.
“I’d never refuse to play in that position”
“For me, whatever the manager wants me to do I will do it and work as hard as I can for the club and the fans.”
Liverpool have confirmed that Rodgers has had his eye on the England striker since he began his job as Liverpool manager in the summer.
For Liverpool it is a transfer that is required and sensible, as Rodgers brings in another young Brit to help build the new future, but also a striker which they have been lacking – with Fabio Borini injured and Andy Carroll on loan at West Ham United.
“Daniel is somebody we’ve always had in our sights and somebody the manager has had huge interest in right from the start.
“I’m very pleased that we’ve got the right player and the right deal.”
Although Sturridge has struggled for first team football in more recent times, he has made 4 apparences for England, and was part of the Team GB Olympic Football squad during the summer, where he scored twice, including a chip vs UAE at Wembley.
When Sturridge has been given chances with his former clubs, he has always shone as brightly as he may have hoped. Now he must turn that around with a fresh start at Liverpool where he will be one of the main figures in a side trying to rebuild their reputation and standing within English football. Whether he is playing on the wing or as a striker, he must perform for his own growth and his clubs.
Will Suarez play on the wing, to allow Sturridge the opportunity to play as the main forward? Probably not. But Rodgers now has the option to rotate, or play two upfront, which is something he has been limited with all season. A new attacking versatile striker, in Sturridge bolsters the reds options and dynamic ability as the new year awaits with both the League, FA Cup and Europa League ambitions on the line.
By Stowe Gregory @stowegregory