3 October 2014 18:46
Liverpool have confirmed that striker Daniel Sturridge has signed a new long-term deal.
Manager Brendan Rodgers revealed on Thursday that Sturridge was close to agreeing a new contract at Anfield.
And the 25-year-old, who has not featured for Liverpool since late August because of a thigh injury, has now committed his future to the Merseyside club.
“It feels great. It’s a big, big day in my life to commit to this club and to give the club my best years, which are ahead of me,” Sturridge told the club’s official website.
“I am thankful for the opportunity and that is the reason I committed my future.
“Everyone has been great with me, from the fans to the staff to the players, so it was an easy decision.
“I’m happy with how everything is going.”
The former Manchester City man joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January last year and has gone on to net 36 goals in 52 appearances for the club.
But Sturridge insists he has yet to reach his full potential and is keen to help Liverpool win silverware after they came agonisingly close to securing the Premier League title last season.
He added: “There are a lot of things I’m happy with how they’ve gone so far, but there is a lot to come.
“I’ve not shown yet what I can do – what I’m doing is just the start for me.
“I may have had some good games and scored some goals, but literally this is the beginning in terms of what I can show.
“I don’t feel I’ve shown really what I can do as a footballer. I am looking forward to the hard work, the training, the games and everything – and looking forward to the future.
“We were so close to success last season and it was a bitter pill to take not winning the league, but that’s just a taster of what the fans will get – but hopefully this time we’ll have the trophies to show for it.
“Everyone is very obsessive in terms of wanting success and being winners. That’s what we are – that’s the Liverpool way.”