Daniel Sturridge appears to be on the move to Liverpool along with former Anfield occupant Tom Ince. The Chelsea forward has been considered surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge ever since Andre Villas Boas left the club and it now seems that he has his wish of an exit.
The deal is reported to be in the £12 million price-range and will be completed upon the re-opening of the transfer window on January 1st.
It is great news for Brendan Rodgers who is believed to be a huge admirer of the former Manchester City youth team player and his dexterity across the frontline was also considered a major factor in his signing.
With only Luis Suarez and the currently injured Fabio Borini as recognised frontline strikers his signing also adds depth to a position in which the club seemed to be bereft of options.
His departure may open up a place at Stamford Bridge for Radamel Falcao to arrive and challenge Fernando Torres for the striker berth at the London club; a thankless task that Sturridge had grown tired of.
Now with his permanent move ratified there is a question to be asked about just how successful he could be. Torres was of course a Liverpool hero; scoring over 60 league goals for the club in just over 100 appearances. Since his move to Chelsea however times have been slightly leaner in front of goal. It has of course not gone unnoticed that a £50 million signing has failed to sparkle as he approaches his 100th appearance for the club.
In fact there is even a very good argument that Sturridge at this current moment is in fact a better player than Torres anyway and out of all this Liverpool are certainly the winning party.
A stat courtesy of WhoScored.com confirms it statistically:
Daniel Sturridge: In the last 2 seasons, Sturidge has scored as many PL goals (12) as Fernando Torres despite playing 849 fewer minutes— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 19, 2012
When you also take into consideration the fact Sturridge has had to play a vast amount of his time on the pitch out wide rather than down the middle the sheer magnitude of this statistic really hits home.
While Sturridge may not yet be held in the high regard he perhaps should be working under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool among many of his young contemporaries can only help his career progress step by step until he is excelling at Anfield.
In my opinion Liverpool have done great business in selling Torres for £50 million as his career was on the way down and snapping up a player performing as good, if not better than him, as his career is on the rise.
Do you think Liverpool have pulled off an absolute coup? Who would you rather at Liverpool - Sturridge or Torres?
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