Even at the time, it seemed like an odd bit of business. Liverpool under new manager Brendan Rodgers were beginning to gain a bit of momentum as the Northern irishman sought to return the club to its former glories. Sturridge was the young English striker purchased from Manchester City for a small fee, and looked every inch a top notch striker in the making. Pace to burn and a sharp eye for a goal were cleaqrly all there.
In January, 2013 however, the west Lodon club decided to cash in to the tune of a mere £12million. As mentioned, it seemed odd at the time. It seems borderline lunacy now. In the just over twelve months since the transfer, Sturrdge has netted 30 league goals for Liverpool in just 35 games. It’s a total that approximately compares to Torres’s grand total since joining Chelsea. The creative players at Stamford Bridge such as Hazard, Willian and Oscar must look at the way that Sturridge has welded a partnership with Luis Suarez and Coutinho, and wonder what might have been.
Yes, of course I know that Chelsea are sitting atop the Premier League, but it’s not rocket science to note that the glaring gap in their squad is a srker who can regularly scre goals. The trio of front men in the Blues’ squad are, to put it mildly, misfiring. At the same time however, Sturridge today has equalled Ruud van Niistlrooy’s record of scoring in eight successive league games. So, why did Chelsea sell Sturridge. I guess the simple answer is Fernando Torres. Having laid out some £50million for the Spanish striker, the club were, and still, seem locked in a ‘love unto death’ embrace with ‘El Nino’ regardless of the disappointment that the signing has turned out ot be. Ask any Chelsea fan now if they would swop torres for Sturridge, and you’d get crushed in the rush!
The answer to the question therefore is that the the club sold Sturridge to keep Torres as the number one striker, and that has proved to be an error of massive propritions.
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