The forward moves to the Hawthorns until the end of the season…
Daniel Sturridge has completed a surprise loan move to Liverpool’s FA Cup conquerers West Bromwich Albion.
The deal, which lasts until the end of the season, was confirmed on Monday night with the official website stating: “Liverpool can confirm Daniel Sturridge has joined West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season.
“The striker will spend the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign with the Baggies after finalising the deal today.”
Sturridge, who hasn’t featured since December 6, primarily due to a groin problem, will hope to kick-start his injury-plagued career at the Hawthorns and earn himself a recall to the England squad in time for this summer’s World Cup.
Although a January move had been on the cards for sometime, with the likes of Inter Milan and Sevilla reportedly interested initially, it was originally understood the Reds were only encouraging permanent offers.
Sturridge, 28, has scored 63 goals in 133 games for Liverpool since arriving at Anfield from Chelsea in January 2013, but hasn’t managed more than 30 appearances in a single season since 2013/14.
Commenting on the move to wba.co.uk, the Birmingham-born frontman, who also had the option of joining Newcastle United, said: “There were many things in deciding on this move.
“The manager spoke very well when we talked about the challenge with the team, there was the style of play and this feels like it was the right fit at the right time.
“I’ve got some friends here who are West Brom fans so I can’t let them down as much as the any of the Albion supporters.
“Coming here, I’m back home. When I’ve played here, it had a home feel for me. I’m seeing faces in the stands that I’ve known growing up. It’s a good feeling for me being here. I want to enjoy myself as much as I can but getting results is our first priority.”
Sturridge will wear the No.15 shirt whilst with the Baggies and remains eligible for the FA Cup having not featured for Liverpool in the competition this season.
According to the Liverpool ECHO, the overall package is worth around £3.8million to the Kop outfit with West Brom paying a £2million loan fee and covering all of his wages for the rest of the campaign.
To see a player of Sturridge’s experience and quality move on loan to a side fighting relegation comes as a bit of a surprise. When talk of his departure first surfaced we felt that a permanent switch could be in the interest of all parties but we’re not so sure about this arrangement. With Philippe Coutinho already departed and manager Jürgen Klopp on record as saying no further additions are expected, it seemed destined that the former Manchester City man would be retained. Reading between the lines, Sturridge appears to have pushed for the move and his eagerness to play regularly should be applauded, as should Klopp’s acceptance of the player’s wishes, but it could backfire spectacularly and leaves the Merseysiders short on proven goal-scorers and know-how at a crucial stage of the season.
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