Liverpool have wasted no time in doing some business in this January transfer window as they have signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea on a long-term deal.
Reports suggest that the Reds have paid around £12 million for the England international, so it is a risk from the club and Sturridge has to show that he is worth every penny.
The Merseysiders have spent a lot of money on English players recently that simply haven’t delivered. Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson are of course prime examples. There is no doubting that the striker has a lot of ability and could have a great career at Anfield, especially if played as an out-and-out striker.
Sturridge found himself out-of-favour at Stamford Bridge and with Luis Suarez being the only recognised forward that Rodgers has had to call upon this season, he certainly has a good chance of regular first-team football.
He said: “Brendan Rodgers 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.”
It could prove to be a smart bit of business from Rodgers as Sturridge has proven that he can score goals in the Premier League and you would say that he could work well with Suarez.
The pressure will be on straight away though and people will be quick to question Liverpool’s transfer policies once more if he doesn’t hit the ground running.
It is good to see Sturridge is hungry for regular football though as he could have played a bit-part for Chelsea for a number of years, but he isn’t happy to do that. It might enhance of chances of being involved in a number of England squads as well, especially if he does start scoring goals.
Liverpool do look set to be busy this month and they probably need to add another forward to their squad. Rodgers clearly wants to bring players to the club quickly as he was left short in the summer window and didn’t have time to add personal to his squad.
It is an interesting time to be on the red half of Merseyside right now and their season does hang right in the balance.