Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool that will see him earn £150,000 a week, having reached the status as one of the Premier League’s top marksman since his £12m arrival from Chelsea in January 2013.
Nevertheless, this news will be overshadowed by Sturridge’s latest injury, a thigh strain contracted while being on international duty with England. During his absence, the Reds have won just two of their last five matches, as Mario Balotelli continues to struggle without Sturridge’s presence in the attacking line.
Balotelli and Sturridge excelled in the only game they have played together, demolishing Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs with a 0-3 victory at White Heart Lane. Now, the Italian striker is playing under a huge amount of pressure although he is working his socks off, looking eager to impress.
A new contract for the 25-year-old underlines the importance of the Liverpool striker, as Brendan Rodgers’ side find themselves 14th on the Premier League table. The English international has scored 36 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, 32 in 46 Premier League games, and is the most prolific striker in his first 50 outings for the club since George Allan in the late 19th century.
After Sturridge put pen to paper on his new contract, he expressed his gratitude to the club during his interview with liverpoolfc.com’s James Carroll:
“It feels great. It’s a big, big day in my life to commit to this club and to give the club my best years, which are ahead of me,” Sturridge told.
“I am thankful for the opportunity and that is the reason I committed my future. Everyone has been great with me, from the fans to the staff to the players, so it was an easy decision. I’m happy with how everything is going.”
Liverpool are rewarding Sturridge for his exceptional performances, as the manager will be expecting more of the same from his star man once he returns to action.