Liverpool have announced that Daniel Sturridge has signed a new ‘long-term’ contract.
The announcement comes as the striker finds himself at the centre of a club-vs-country row.
The 25-year-old has been out since injuring himself during the last international break and while he has been ruled out of the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, he could feature for Liverpool in their game against West Brom this weekend.
But for the moment, Liverpool and Sturridge will be celebrating his new deal. Reports earlier this week suggested he could be being paid as much as £150,000-a-week.
Sturridge still had four-years remaining on the deal he signed 18 months ago following his £12m switch from Chelsea, but it comes as little surprise that Liverpool wanted to tie him down to new terms.
The England international has been brilliant since moving to Anfield, notching 36 goals in 52 appearances for the Reds. His importance to the team, particular since the departure of Luis Suarez, has been highlighted by the club’s poor form coinciding with his current injury problems.
Sturridge said after signing the new deal: “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.
“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.”
Sturridge continued: “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.”