Profit Players: Daniel Sturridge

Profit Players: Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with Brighton at the AMEX Stadium off the back of losing 2-1 to Manchester City in their previous league clash, while they also bowed out of the FA Cup in going down 2-1 to Wolves in the third round last week. Yet the Reds got their title challenge back on track as a Mohamed Salah penalty five minutes into the second half sealed a narrow 1-0 success for the Merseysiders, thus keeping them four points clear at the top.

As such, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports linking striker Daniel Sturridge with a move away in the near future given he has entered the final six months of his contract.

And while the 29-year-old has been crippled by injuries in recent seasons, there is little doubting that the Reds have got their money’s worth and more out of the striker, who made the move to Anfield for just £13.5 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2013.

Ultimately, the England international began his senior career at Manchester City before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2009, for whom he then went on to net 24 times in 96 games, 13 goals of which coming in what proved to be his final full season at Stamford Bridge in 2012/13.

And it was struggles for Premier League football under Rafa Benitez which prompted Liverpool to seal a bargain deal for the 29-year-old in January 2013 – a deal which the Reds have since got their money’s worth and more out of.

Yes, Sturridge’s injury problems in recent times mean that he has only appeared 151 times for Liverpool since that move six years ago, but in that time he has certainly delivered the goods with 68 goals and 25 assists for the Merseyside giants.

That equates to a goal every 133 minutes of action and a direct contribution every 98 minutes, which are sensational returns for a player that cost just £13.5 million back in 2013 – clearly, that figure has proven to be a bargain.

And Sturridge played a key role in Liverpool’s one and only Premier League title challenge prior to this term’s under Klopp, what with the 29-year-old scoring 21 goals in just 29 appearances in the 2013/14 campaign under Brendan Rodgers, with the Reds eventually letting slip a healthy lead to succumb to Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.

Yes, things maybe haven’t been quite as impressive from the England international since then, but even this season he has come up with the goods at times Liverpool have needed it most – his stunning strike to salvage a point from their trip to Chelsea back in September was worth its weight in gold.

As such, while injuries have prevented Sturridge from really pushing on and becoming a Premier League great, he has still made quite the impact at Liverpool over the years, as evidenced by his impressive goal return for the Merseyside giants.

And given he cost just £13.5 million back in 2013, the Reds have certainly got their money’s worth and more out of the 29-year-old.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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