Daniel Sturridge Liverpools fox in the box
Daniel Sturridge is a 29 year old Striker who was born in Birmingham England on the 1st September 1989. Sturridge also stands at 1.88M (6ft 2in) and wears the number 15 shirt at Anfield.
Sturridge made his Manchester City debut against Reading in February 2007 when he cme on as a substitute for Georgios Samaras . He made a second substitute appearance a month later but then suffered a hip injury which side-lined him for the remainder of 2007.
Sturridge scored his first goal for City on the 27th January 2008 in an FA Cup match against Sheffield United and three days later he scored his first league goal on his full debut against Derby County. However first-team opportunities were few and far between so Sturridge continued to play for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup. City reached and won the final with Sturridge the leading scorer in the competition. That season Sturridge became the only player ever to score in the Youth FA Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League in the same season.
On the 28th December 2008 Manchester City were trailing 2–0 in a league game against Blackburn Rovers when Sturridge came on as a substitute in the 71st Minute, he went on to score in the 88th minute and assist Robinho’s injury time goal. Manager Mark Hughes said that Sturridge was a player with great potential and had an impact in the game. He also praised his assist, saying “he picked out Robinho for the equaliser in an area where we had been struggling to find him”. At the end of the 2008-09 season Sturridge was voted as the City’s Young Player of the Year.
During his time at Manchester City Sturridge scored 6 goals in 32 appearances.
On the 3rd of July 2009 Sturridge signed for Chelsea from Manchester City after his contract had expired. Because Sturridge was under the age of 24 and with the two clubs unable to agree a compensation package, the fee for Sturridge was decided by a tribunal. The Professional Football Compensation Committee decided on the 14th January 2010 that Chelsea would pay an initial fee of £3.5 million with add-ons of £500,000 after each of 10, 20, 30 and 40 appearances. There would also be a further payment of £1 million if Sturridge made a full international appearance, and Manchester City in addition would receive 15% of any sell-on fee if Sturridge was transferred. After these add-ons the fee for the player reached the sum of £8.3 million.
Sturridge made his debut for Chelsea on the 18th August 2009 against Sunderland coming on as a substitute for Didier Drogba. On the 28th October 2009 Sturridge made his first start for the club in a League Cup win against Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.
On the 3rd January 2010 Sturridge scored his first two goals for Chelsea against Watford in the FA Cup third round tie. Sturridge continued to show his ability with a real poacher’s effort in a 2–0 FA cup victory against Preston North End.
On the 25th April 2010 Sturridge scored his first League goal for Chelsea in a 7–0 victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge when he latched onto a through ball, rounded goalkeeper Asmir Begović and slotted the ball home. Sturridge came on as a 90th-minute substitute for Chelsea in the 2010 FA cup as they won 1–0 against Portsmouth. Sturridge finished the 2009–10 FA Cup campaign as the leading scorer for Chelsea with four goals.
On the 15th September 2010 Sturridge made and scored on his full UEFA Champions League debut against Slovakian team MŠK Žilina, a game which Chelsea won 4–1.
On the 31st January 2011 Daniel Sturridge agreed to join Bolton Wanderers on a loan deal until the end of the season. He made his debut two days later coming on as a substitute at home to Wolves and scored his first goal with an injury time winner. He followed his debut strike with another goal in a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur the following weekend. Sturridge 7then went on to score his third goal in as many matches in Bolton’s 2–0 victory over Everton. After Sturridge scored the equaliser against Newcastle United in his fourth match he became only the sixth player to score in his first four matches for a club in the Premier League. Sturridge continued to make an impact at Bolton and finished his loan spell with eight goals in 12 appearances at the club. Having never been booked in his career Sturridge received his first ever red card in the final match of the season against former club Manchester City.
In his first match back from suspension at Sunderland Sturridge started and scored with a back-heel in the 50th minute to put Chelsea up 2–0 in an eventual 2–1 victory at the Stadium of Light. On the 2nd October 2011 Sturridge returned to the Reebok Stadium and scored twice within the first 30 minutes as Chelsea stormed to a 5–1 win. On the 15th October 2011 Sturridge scored against Everton in a 3–1 win and in doing so it meant that he had four league goals in four matches that season..
On the 22nd December 2012 during Chelsea’s away clash with Tottenham Sturridge scored his ninth goal of the season with the equaliser in a 1–1 draw away at White Hart Lane. On the 19th May 2012 Chelsea faced Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final, unfortunately for Sturridge he was an unused substitute as Chelsea won the final on penalties to be crowned Champions of Europe for the first time.
Sturridge missed all of Chelsea’s pre-season matches for the 2012–13 campaign as he was on duty with Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics. He did, however, play against Manchester City in the 2012 FA Community Shield, assisting Ryan Bertrand’s goal. Sturridge scored his last Premier League goal for the Chelsea in a 4–2 win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane after coming on as a late substitute and scoring from Juan Mata’s cross in stoppage time to seal victory. His last ever goal for Chelsea was against Manchester United in the League Cup scoring in extra time during a 5–4 win. After Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Chelsea’s manager and replaced by Rafael Benítez Sturridge was never to play for the club again due to injury and was sold in the January transfer window to Liverpool.
During his time at Chelsea Sturridge scored 24 goals in 96 appearances.
On the 2nd January 2013 Liverpool signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for a fee of £12 million. He made his debut on the 6th January against Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round, scoring his first Liverpool goal after just seven minutes in a match which Liverpool won 2–1. He scored on his league debut after coming on as a half-time substitute the following weekend in a 2–1 defeat against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. Sturridge scored his third goal for Liverpool in his first league start and home debut during a 5–0 win against Norwich City at Anfield on the 19th January 2013. By scoring against Norwich Sturridge had scored three goals in his first three appearances for the club becoming the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to accomplish the feat, despite not yet playing a full 90 minutes for the club. On the 3rd February 2013 Sturridge scored a goal from 25 yards against former club Manchester City in a 2–2 draw at the Etihad Stadium. On the 12th May he scored his first career hat trick in a 3–1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Sturridge began the 2013–14 season by scoring the first Premier league goal of the season in Liverpool’s 1–0 win over Stoke City. He then followed this up with a goal against Aston Villa in another 1–0 win and a brace against Notts County in the League Cup, taking his season’s tally to four goals in three matches. He continued his sublime form by scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win against arch rivals and defending champions Manchester United on his 24th birthday at Anfield.
On the 23rd November 2013 Sturridge came off the bench to score a last-minute equaliser against Everton in a thrilling Merseyside derby that finished 3–3.
Sturridge’s impressive goal-scoring form continued into the new year, with Sturridge becoming the first Liverpool player in the Premier League era to score in seven consecutive league matches when he found the net at Craven Cottage against Fulham and then he went on to become only the second player in Premier League history to score in eight matches in a row after a brace against Swansea City in a 4–3 at Anfield.
Sturridge’s tally of 21 league goals made him the runner-up in the season’s Premier League Golden Boot behind teammate Luis Suarez.
Sturridge started the 2014–15 season scoring a late winner in a 2–1 win over Southampton.
After missing close to five months due to various injuries Sturridge made his return to action on the 31st January 2015 in a 2–0 win over West Ham as a 68th-minute substitute for Lazar Marković and he scored in the 87th minute.
After missing the first five matches of the 2015-16 season due to injury Sturridge made his first appearance of the season against Norwich City on the 20th September 2015. He scored his first two goals of the season in a 3–2 victory against Aston Villa on the 26th September.
On the 2nd December 2015 Sturridge scored a brace in a 6–1 away win over Southampton in the quarter-final of the League Cup but Four days later he suffered another hamstring injury in a 2–0 defeat to Newcastle United that ruled him out for two months. Sturridge returned on the 14th February 2016 and scored in an emphatic 6–0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. 2 weeks later he started the 2016 League Cup Final loss to Manchester City, playing the full 120 minutes as Liverpool were defeated in a penalty shoot-out and on the 10th March 2016 he scored his first Europa League goal for Liverpool in a 2–0 win over Manchester United at Anfield. He scored his 50th goal for Liverpool in all competitions on the 20th April in a 4–0 win at home in the Merseyside derby. Sturridge l is the fourth fastest Liverpool player to reach the landmark, doing so in 87 appearances.
On the 19th May 2016 Sturridge scored the opening goal of the Europa League Final but sadly for Sturridge Liverpool lost 3–1 to Sevilla in Basel. Sturridge ended the season as Liverpool’s top scorer with 13 goals.
On the 23rd August 2016 Sturridge started the league cup match against Burton Albion and scored a brace in the 5–0 win for Liverpool also Sturridge started in the fourth round of the EFL Cup against Tottenham in October and scored a brace in a 2–1 win. He scored his first league goal of the season on the 27th December scoring within one minute of coming on as a second-half substitute against Stoke. Sturridge’s goal saw the club break its record for goals scored in a calendar year.
On the 27th August 2017 Sturridge scored in a 4–0 win over Arsenal just three minutes after coming on as a substitute. On the 28th October 2017 Sturridge scored the opening goal in a 3–0 win over Huddersfield Town and on the 1st November he scored in a 3–0 win over Maribor in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
On the 29th January 2018 Sturridge joined West Bromwich Albion on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season. On the 12th February 2018 in just his third appearance for West Brom Sturridge suffered a hamstring injury after three minutes of playing in a 3–0 away defeat to Chelsea.
On the 12th August 2018 Sturridge scored after 24 seconds of coming on as a substitute in a 4–0 win over West Ham United. On the 18th September 2018 he scored the opening goal of a 3–2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the opening match of the UEFA Champions League group. On the 26th September Sturridge scored the opening goal against Chelsea in the EFL Cup third round although Liverpool eventually lost the match 1–2. Three days later Sturridge scored the equalising goal and the 50th league goal of his Liverpool career with a 25-yard strike in the 89th minute to earn Liverpool a 1–1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
On the 6th November 2011 Daniel Sturridge was handed his first England call-up when he was named in the England squad for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden. He was an unused substitute in a 1–0 win against Spain but then manager Fabio Capello said that Sturridge would play against Sweden the following Tuesday and he made his debut coming on as a second-half substitute for Theo Walcott.
Daniel Sturridge scored his first senior goal for England in his fifth match on the 22nd March 2013 after coming on for Wayne Rooney in an 8–0 away win against San Marino. In scoring his first goal Sturridge had made an appearance and scored for all levels of international football for England from U16 to the seniors as well as scoring for the Great Britain Olympic football team.
On the 2nd July 2012 Sturridge was named in Stuart Pearce’s 18 man Great Britain Olympic football squad to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympic.
Sturridge scored his first goal for Great Britain in the second group match, a 3–1 victory over the United Arab Emirates and in the final group match Sturridge scored the only goal as Great Britain beat Uruguay to finish top of their group and progress to the quarter-final. In the quarter-final against South Korea Sturridge missed the fifth penalty for Great Britain as they crashed out of the Tournament.
In May 2014, Sturridge was named in England’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was given the number 9 shirt.
On the 14th June 2014 Sturridge started England’s opening match of the tournament and scored the team’s goal in a 2–1 defeat to Italy in Manaus. Sadly for Sturridge England crashed out of the World cup after failing to win any of their games
Sturridge was named in England’s squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals. In the team’s second group match after coming on as a half time substitute against Wales Sturridge assisted Jamie Vardy’s equaliser and then scored the winning goal as the team came from a goal down to win 2-1. Unfortunately for Sturridge England were knocked out in the Last 16 by Iceland in what was a shock defeat.
Article written By Joe Stanley
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