Player profile

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge

Birthdate: 1 September 1989
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Other clubs: Manchester City (2003-09), Bolton Wanderers (loan 2011), Chelsea (2009-13)
Bought from: Chelsea
Signed for LFC: £12m, 02.01.2013
International debut: 15.11.2011 vs. Sweden
International caps: 26/8 (22/8 at LFC) - 08.10.2017
Liverpool debut: 06.01.2013
Last appearance: 06.12.2017
Debut goal: 06.01.2013
Last goal: 01.11.2017
Contract expiry: 2019 - Signed 03.10.2014
Win ratio: 55.64% W:74 D:34 L:25
Games/goals ratio: 2.11
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 98 / 48
Total LFC games/goals: 133 / 63

Player profile

With Liverpool’s lack of strikers to support Luis Suarez coming under intense scrutiny during the first half of the 2012-13 season, the name of Daniel Sturridge kept resurfacing as a new transfer-window got closer. It was not, therefore, a major surprise when on the first working day after the New Year, Liverpool F.C. confirmed that the 23-year-old forward had signed a long-term deal to become a permanent addition to the squad of manager Brendan Rodgers. With Fabio Borini having had a long spell out with a foot injury and Andy Carroll on a season-long loan at West Ham United, the urgency of the situation had not been lost on the club’s manager or its managing director, Ian Ayre. Having been thwarted in an attempt to sign an adequate replacement or foil for Suarez in the summer, it was clear that the same mistake could not be made twice. Ayre commented after securing Sturridge’s signature on a contract: “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 hit the ground running in January - and here we are today on the second and we're all done and dusted.” 

Sturridge was born in the Midlands and played at youth level for both Aston Villa and Coventry City before heading north to join Manchester City’s Academy in 2003. Three years later, still only 16-years-old, his goals helped City reach the FA Youth Cup final where his brace gave the Blues hope in the second leg as they tried to claw back a three-goal deficit from the first leg at Anfield. Although Liverpool’s youngsters took the trophy home with them after a 3-2 aggregate victory, Sturridge had announced himself as someone to be watched. However, his opportunities for playing in City’s first team were limited and shortly before his twentieth birthday he signed a four-year deal with Chelsea. The Londoners won the Premier League title at the end of his first full season at Stamford Bridge but, as in Manchester, his contribution was not massive, just one goal from thirteen League matches, but he was much more prominent in the FA Cup that season, netting four times and coming on as a very late substitute at Wembley in the final as Chelsea beat Portsmouth to add the domestic cup to their Premier League crown.

Halfway through the following season, Sturridge had a very successful loan spell at Bolton Wanderers. Eight goals from twelve appearances was a very creditable goals-per-game ratio. But it still wasn’t enough to get him a regular starting spot in the Chelsea team when he returned to London under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, who had replaced Carlo Ancelotti that summer. As in 2009/10 Chelsea had a strong finish to their season and the young striker was an unused substitute in both the FA Cup final and the Champions League final. But he did score eleven League goals, including an equaliser at Stamford Bridge against the club who would eventually sign him from Chelsea. 

With Olympic mania sweeping through Great Britain in 2012, Daniel Sturridge was named in the mens’ squad to represent the host nation. It initially looked as if illness would keep him out of the tournament. But he was fit enough to make the team and score the winning goal against Uruguay as the British team finished top of its group. At the quarter-final stage, however, Great Britain were eliminated by South Korea on penalties after a drawn match. Although Sturridge missed his penalty-kick in the shoot-out, it is unlikely to cause him as much lasting anguish as another important penalty that was missed by his team manager, Stuart Pearce, over twenty years earlier.

Sturridge only appeared in seven League matches for Chelsea in the first half of the 2012/13 season as increasing speculation linked him with a move back to a north-west club. Then, almost as soon as the transfer-window opened, that move happened. The player’s instant reaction was that he was thrilled to have signed for “one of the biggest clubs in the world”. Although he had a few recent injury worries behind him, he seemed genuinely excited to be “part of something new and something special," the words he described the way the club was progressing under its new manager, Brendan Rodgers.  Sturridge was an instant success, scoring in each of his first three appearances, something no Liverpool player had done since Ray Kennedy in 1974. Ten Premier League goals plus one in the FA Cup was a more than satisfactory return from the sixteen matches he appeared in between January and May. In the penultimate match of the season at Fulham he scored a superb hat-trick for a team that was by then without the services of Luis Suarez due to suspension for biting Chelsea's Ivanovic.

Sturridge flourished as Luis Suarez completed his ten-game ban at the start of the 2013/14 season, six goals in six matches proving that he was quite capable of taking on the responsibility of scoring the goals. But once the Uruguayan returned they proved to be a sensational double-act as well. Sturridge scored Liverpool's first and last Premier League goals of the season and added a further twenty-two in-between (19 league plus 3 in the domestic cups) to take his total since arriving to a very impressive 35 in 49 matches, a strike-rate that was easily good enough to ensure that he was included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. Sturridge quickly equalised Italy's first goal in the opening group match but was replaced by Adam Lallana with ten minutes left as England again chased an equaliser after Mario Balotelli had restored Italy's lead. The striker made another start against Uruguay four days later and also played throughout the final group match against Costa Rica.

Sturridge's 2014/15 season was badly disrupted by injuries that saw him restricted to only twelve Premier League matches plus six cup-ties. Although he scored the winning goal in the opening league match against Southampton only four more goals followed as successive thigh injuries ruled him out for long periods. His final appearance of the season came early in April in a cup replay at Blackburn Rovers. A month later he was travelling to America for surgery on a hip problem that had caused him to miss so many matches. Already struggling without the goals of Luis Suarez also losing Sturridge's contribution as a goal-scorer for most of the season was something nobody could have anticipated and unsurprisingly the number of goals scored was significantly down from the previous year.  Although the surgery was a success, the rehabilitation period means that he was not expected to see action again until at least September 2015. he did so but was injured after just a few games and was used cautiously by Jurgen Klopp after his appointment in October. The German put him through an extensive pre season style fitness programme and he was a key player in the Europa League, scoring a stunning opening goal in the final against Sevilla. Despite all his difficulties he finished the season with thirteen goals in 24 games but after appearing to be over everything, injured his hip the week before 2016-17 was due to begin, meaning he missed the opening game at Arsenal.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 98 12 8 15 0 133
2012-2013 14 2 0 0 0 16
2013-2014 29 2 2 0 0 33
2014-2015 12 4 0 2 0 18
2015-2016 14 1 2 8 0 25
2016-2017 20 3 4 0 0 27
2017-2018 9 0 0 5 0 14

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
11 Southampton
9 Manchester United
8 Swansea City
8 Tottenham
7 Everton
6 Arsenal
6 Newcastle United
5 Chelsea
5 West Ham United
5 Manchester City
5 Stoke City
4 Aston Villa
4 Crystal Palace
3 Fulham
3 WBA
3 Burnley
3 Sunderland
2 Hull City
2 Plymouth Argyle
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 Norwich City
2 Watford
2 Bournemouth
2 Borussia Dortmund
2 Spartak Moscow
2 Augsburg
2 Sevilla
2 Besiktas
2 Leicester City
2 NK Maribor
1 Burton Albion
1 Reading
1 Villarreal
1 Mansfield Town
1 Notts County
1 QPR
1 Wolves
1 Bolton Wanderers
1 Oldham Athletic
1 Cardiff City
1 Middlesbrough
1 Huddersfield Town
Total Started/substitutions
90 Started
20 On the bench
43 Substitute
48 Substituted
Total Competition
98 England Premier League
12 FA Cup
10 Europa League
8 League Cup
5 Champions League

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 48 3 8 4 0 63
2012-2013 10 1 0 0 0 11
2013-2014 21 1 2 0 0 24
2014-2015 4 1 0 0 0 5
2015-2016 8 0 2 3 0 13
2016-2017 3 0 4 0 0 7
2017-2018 2 0 0 1 0 3

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
52 Started
11 Substitute
Total Competition
48 England Premier League
8 League Cup
3 Europa League
3 FA Cup
1 Champions League
Total Goal minute period
7 1-15 minutes
12 16-30 minutes
11 31-45 minutes
11 61-75 minutes
10 76-90 minutes
1 91-120 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
61 Open play
2 Penalty

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 06.01.2013 Mansfield Town Field Mill FA Cup
50 17.08.2014 Southampton Anfield League
100 17.10.2016 Manchester United Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 7 06.01.2013 Mansfield Town Field Mill FA Cup
50 61 20.04.2016 Everton Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Manchester City 2006-2007 England Premier League 2 0 2 0
Manchester City 2007-2008 England Premier League 3 1 4 2
Manchester City 2008-2009 England Premier League 16 4 26 4
Chelsea 2009-2010 England Premier League 13 1 20 5
Chelsea 2010-2011 England Premier League 13 0 21 4
Bolton Wanderers 2010-2011 England Premier League 12 8 12 8
Chelsea 2011-2012 England Premier League 30 11 43 13
Chelsea 2012-2013 England Premier League 7 1 12 2
Total 96 26 140 38
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