Wednesday 02 January 2013

Sturridge 'humbled' after joining Liverpool from Chelsea

23-year-old forward 'happy' after moving to Anfield from Chelsea on a long-term deal

Daniel Sturridge described Liverpool as a 'humongous club' upon signing (Photo: LFC)

Liverpool have wasted no time in bolstering their strike force in the January transfer window after completing the signing of Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge and he may be replaced by Demba Ba at Stamford Bridge.

Sturridge, 23, who began his professional career at Manchester City, has joined the Reds for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a long-term contract with the Anfield club, and told the club’s official website that he intended to make his return to the North West a successful one.

“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."

Sturridge scored five goals in 21 Barclays Premier League appearances for City before moving to Stamford Bridge in 2009. He has been capped four times by England and represented Great Britain at the Olympics, scoring twice, but found competition for places at the West London club restrictive.

The England international, who scored 13 goals in 63 Barclays Premier League appearances for Chelsea, enjoyed his most prolific spell at Bolton Wanderers in the 2010/11 season when he struck eight goals in 12 appearances.

Chelsea moved quickly to fill the gap left by Sturridge in their attack. Demba Ba has been given permission by Newcastle United to talk to them after they triggered the release clause in the Senegal striker's contract.

The 27-year-old, who is the joint-second top scorer in the Barclays Premier League with 13 goals, will miss Wednesday's game against Everton as he discusses a move to Stamford Bridge.

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Key Points

  • Liverpool sign Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge
  • The 23-year-old delighted to move to 'humongous' club
  • Chelsea trigger release clause in Newcastle United striker Demba Ba's contract