Date: 2nd January 2013 at 7:08pm
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As expected Liverpool FC have today confirmed the signing of Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge…

England attacker Daniel Sturridge has become Liverpool’s first capture of the transfer window for a fee of around £12m.

After signing his long-term contract on Merseyside this afternoon, Sturridge told Liverpoolfc.com: “I am humbled and happy to be here.

Brendan Rodgers [Liverpool manager] 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, who previously played for Manchester City and also had a successful loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, has four full England caps and also represented Great Britain during this summer’s Olympics.

The 23-year-old, who made 49 starts and scored 24 goals during his time at Stamford Bridge, will wear the number 15 shirt at Anfield and is eligible to make his debut in the FA Cup tie against Mansfield Town on Sunday.

Speaking on behalf of the club, managing director Ian Ayre commented: “I’m very pleased today that we’ve got the right player and the right deal. That’s what it’s always about.

“It was important to us that we did all of the work ahead of the transfer window in talking to Chelsea and the player and his representatives.

“We made sure we did that so we could have him hit the ground running in January – and here we are today on the second and we’re all done and dusted, so we’ll look forward to seeing him in a Liverpool shirt and on the pitch.”

Vital Verdict
A very good signing by the club and Rodgers. It’s no secret we needed attacking reinforcements and Sturridge fulfils the club’s preferred profile of being young, talented, ambitious and English. His pace and directness should slot into the team nicely and although he may not prefer to do it, the player can also be utilised in wider areas. Some have accused Sturridge in the past of being over-confident but there is a fine line when, before turning into arrogance, confidence plays a key part in the makeup of the world’s best performers. Sturridge certainly has the talent to back up his ego and hopefully we will see him flourish at Anfield after a lack of opportunities whilst at Chelsea.

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