According to The Times, the 23-year-old is set to be one of the first transfers to be completed in January as the Reds look to bring in more firepower to their attack.
The Birmingham-born forward began his career locally at Aston Villa at 7 years of age and, after a brief spell at Coventry City, he was signed by Manchester City in 2003 when he was just 13 and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2006 just before his 17th birthday.
Hailed as one of the most promising talents in English football, Sturridge began training with the City first team that season and after scoring a hat-trick in a reserves match he was promoted to the first-team bench against Reading in 2007, coming on to replace Giorgios Samaras late in the game.
He won the Manchester City Young Players of the Year award the following season after scoring four goals and providing three assists in his 16 appearances for the club.
Upon the expiry of his contract with City in the summer of 2009, he signed a four-year contract with Chelsea as City were awarded £3.5 million in compensation by the PFCC and City will receive 15% of his sell on fee to Liverpool, around £1.8 million.
He’s scored 24 goals and provided 11 assists in 93 appearances for the Blues, along with 8 goals scored for Bolton Wanderers during his 2010/11 loan spell.
He has been successfully deployed on the wing at Chelsea in recent seasons and, whilst his preferred position is as a central forward, he will have undoubtedly improved his overall game through his experience on the flanks.
He is fast and powerful – his upper body muscle and core strength make him a formidable opponent wherever he plays – his technique on the ball is superb and his finishing has improved remarkably in the last 2 years.
He has lacked form and confidence as a result of his bit-part status in the Chelsea setup, having never really cemented himself as a first-choice in the starting lineup.
At 23, he’s learned his trade and craft and will now enter the prime of his career at Anfield. Whilst Luis Suarez will likely remain the first-choice striker, Brendan Rodgers’ side will be boosted by the availability of a quality option to bring off the bench and Sturridge will hit the ground running – at pace, no less.
He could, foreseeably, become one of the best strikers in the country if he applies himself well and, with the prospect of further involvement with Roy Hodgson’s England squad, he’ll have all to play for.
I expect him to become one of the best strikers in the Premier League over the next 5 years – his credentials speak for themselves and his potential has gone untapped for too long.
Liverpool Football Club stand to gain the best years in the career of a quality English forward who can very easily rival Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha for a permanent place in the future England front line.
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