Daniel Sturridge impresses Jurgen Klopp enough to earn new Liverpool contract

Daniel Sturridge’s current contract expires at the end of the season (Getty Images)Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set to extend his stay at Anfield by signing a new long-term contract extension, according to reports.

The 29-year-old’s existing deal is due to expire at the end of the season but the Jurgen Klopp now wants the club to offer him fresh terms following a bright start to the season.

Sturridge’s four goals in nine appearances so far, including two in a week against Chelsea, has seen him force his way into the Liverpool manager’s plans for the season.

According to The Sun, Liverpool will offer the striker an extension on his current £140,000-a-week contract with the deal set to be structured on his appearances following consistent injury issues in recent seasons.

Sturridge has scored four goals in nine appearances so far this season (Getty Images)The player himself has confirmed his intention to remain at Liverpool at least until the end of the season amid suggestions he would leave the club in January.

He told the club’s official website: ‘I’m always trying to push myself to the next level and contribute as best I can to the team to allow us to be successful.

‘It’s important to stay focused throughout the season to get to the end – and hopefully have something to be excited about at the end.’

Sturridge will be in contention to play against Huddersfield this weekend following an injury to Sadio Mane on international duty with Senegal.

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Eden Hazard joked with Daniel Sturridge about his goal after Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool

Eden Hazard joked with Daniel Sturridge after Chelsea’s draw with Liverpool (YouTube)Eden Hazard shared a joke with Daniel Sturridge following Liverpool’s last-gasp draw against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Belgian put Maurizio Sarri’s side ahead in the first half but Sturridge rescued a point for Liverpool with a sublime long-range strike in the 89th minute.

The result means that both sides have kept their unbeaten record in the Premier League intact and look set to challenge Manchester City for the title this season.

After the match, Hazard caught up with Sturridge in the tunnel and Chelsea’s star man made a light of the Liverpool striker’s stunning equaliser.

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Hazard said to Sturridge: ‘To be fair, it’s not bad, it’s not a bad goal.

‘I know you have quality but why show it today, my friend?

‘Do it next week, not now!’

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Rhian Brewster celebrates Daniel Sturridge’s goal vs Chelsea in away end

Rhian Brewster joined Liverpool fans in the away end at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)Footage has emerged of Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster passionately celebrating Daniel Sturridge’s stunning equaliser at Chelsea.

Sturridge scored an outrageous overhead kick in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea just days before the trip to Stamford Bridge but goals from Emerson and Eden Hazard cancelled out his opener.

However, the England forward once again made the most of his limited time on the pitch by finding the net when Jurgen Klopp threw him on with five minutes remaining in the Premier League.

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Receiving the ball 25 yards out from goal, Sturridge only had one thought in his mind and unleashed a thunderous strike past Kepa Arrizabalaga to rescue a point for the Reds.

Brewster, 18, who is being tipped for stardom on Merseyside, signed his first professional contract with Liverpool this summer and will have endeared himself to fans with his reaction to the goal in the away end.

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While Brewster is still recovering from ankle surgery, he is hopeful of making his Liverpool first-team debut this season.

‘I wanted to be playing first-team football and if that meant going, I’d have gone but I felt it was right to stay at Liverpool and prove that I’m good enough to play in the first team,’ the teenager said after agreeing to his first professional deal.

‘I hope to make my debut and play quite a bit this season. I’ve been injured since January.

‘That’s been hard, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has helped me as we’ve been doing rehab together, and the manager has integrated me with the first team even though I’ve been injured.’

Daniel Sturridge spoke to Chelsea icon Gianfranco Zola after the final whistle (Picture: BT Sport)Sturridge lifted the lid on a conversation he had with Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola in the aftermath of his goal at Stamford Bridge.

‘I was just telling him I’m watching his videos, that’s how I’m learning,’ Sturridge told Sky Sports.

‘He was a great player… legend, and I really am watching his videos so it’s great to have a chat with a guy like him.’

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Daniel Sturridge is better than Gabriel Jesus and Marcus Rashford, claims ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy

Daniel Sturridge is the best second striker in the Premier League, says Danny Murphy (AMA/Getty Images)Daniel Sturridge is the best ‘second striker’ in the Premier League, according to former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.

The 29-year-old has struggled to get regular playing time under Jurgen Klopp and was sent out on loan to West Brom for the second half last season.

But Sturridge has started this campaign in sublime form and scored a sublime equaliser to rescue a point for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Liverpool look on course to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this season and Murphy believes keeping Sturridge fit could be key for Klopp’s side.

‘If Daniel Sturridge is fit, he’s a good as there is in the Premier League,’ Murphy told talkSPORT.

Sturridge scored a superb equaliser against Chelsea at the weekend (Getty Images)‘He’s a natural finisher, he scores all types of goals and what he’s got that most other forwards haven’t is total self-belief. He’s so capable. He’s a match-winner and a sensational player.

‘For me, he’s the best second striker in the Premier League by a mile.

‘Gabriel Jesus has dipped a bit and you could argue Marcus Rashford maybe, but he’s not as naturally gifted a goalscorer as Sturridge in the box.

‘If Liverpool can keep Sturridge fit and keep him happy, by giving him plenty of minutes off the bench and get him starting in certain games in the league and cups, he could be the difference.

‘He’ll get 20 goals this season if he gets the games.

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‘He’s got 67 goals in 140 games for Liverpool – there are not many strikers with a better strike rate, and he’s not first choice.

‘You shouldn’t really be sitting on the bench anywhere with that strike rate.

‘But if they keep using him in the way they are, with how fit and hungry he looks, Liverpool are going to be there or thereabouts. He could well be the difference for Liverpool [in the title race].

‘I still fancy Man City, they have got a load of players who can score those goals as well, but I just think Sturridge gives Liverpool an extra string to their bow.

‘Klopp has got a wonderful headache at the moment. Shaqiri looks sharp and Sturridge is chomping at the bit, and that’s only going to push the other players to keep performing.’

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Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool stars ‘danced around’ Daniel Sturridge in changing room after game

Sturridge came off the bench to score a late goal (Picture: Getty)Liverpool players danced around Daniel Sturridge after the forward scored an equaliser in the dying moments against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues led since the 25th minute, and were on their way to three huge points before Sturridge climbed off the bench.

Sturridge struck in a rocket in the 89th minute against his former club to ensure Liverpool took a valuable away point.

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With Liverpool hopeful they can sustain a Premier League title tilt through-out the season, and Klopp revealed celebrations in the dressing revolved around Sturridge.

‘I am really happy for him, he is a good lad. After we came in the dressing room he was really loud. We are really happy for him,’ Klopp said.

‘The dressing room was pretty much dancing [around Sturridge]. He had a difficult time but now he’s having a wonderful time. He’ll want to start all the time, it’s probably like that.’

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Sturridge is a keen dancer and often busts a move as his trademark goal celebration.

The Englishman did not celebrate against Chelsea out of respect for his former employers, but is in the midst of a rejuvenation at Liverpool.

After being shipped out on loan to West Brom at the end of last season, Sturridge returned to Liverpool fit and firing.

Klopp was delighted with Sturridge’s efforts (Picture: Getty)Sturridge has already scored four goals this season, despite only managing two starts this campaign.

Both those starts yielded goals from Sturridge, who will be pushing to start ahead of Roberto Firmino in the Champions League clash against Napoli on Wednesday.

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Daniel Sturridge apologises to Chelsea after second wonder goal for Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge refused to celebrate his goal at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)Daniel Sturridge has apologised to Chelsea fans for celebrating his overhead kick in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defeat at Anfield.

The 29-year-old forward broke the deadlock in style on Merseyside before goals from Emerson and Eden Hazard secured Chelsea’s place in the fourth round of the competition.

Sturridge then had to settle for a place on the bench on Saturday but replaced James Milner in the 86th minute before doubling his tally for the week with a stunning long-range equaliser for the Reds.

The England striker scored 24 goals in 96 appearances for Chelsea before joining Liverpool in 2013 and decided not to celebrate his wonder goal at Stamford Bridge.

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However, Sturridge couldn’t contain his emotions after his effort during Liverpool’s Carabao Cup defeat and sent an apologetic message to his former club.

‘What a game to be a part of man,’ he said after Liverpool’s draw with Chelsea in the Premier League.

What a game to be a part of man 😎The boys work their socks off and we deserved that point. Didn’t celebrate today got caught up the other day but I respect Chelsea for everything they did for me. Love to the travelling #lfc fans top class today! In God I trust always ❤️🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/9yPaEfQTjX
— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) September 29, 2018

‘The boys work their socks off and we deserved that point. Didn’t celebrate today got caught up the other day but I respect Chelsea for everything they did for me.

‘Love to the travelling Liverpool fans top class today! In God I trust always.’

Daniel Sturridge spoke with Gianfranco Zola after the draw (Picture: BT Sport)Sturridge lifted the lid on a conversation he had with Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola after his strike at Stamford Bridge.

‘I was just telling him I’m watching his videos, that’s how I’m learning,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘He was a great player… legend, and I really am watching his videos so it’s great to have a chat with a guy like him.

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‘It was a good goal, the boys worked tirelessly throughout the game and we were unlucky not to score in the first half.

‘I’d like to think I’ve scored better goals but probably not. This one was a nice goal. It was all about getting the result.

‘It’s a team game and I just give my best every minute I get. It’s important to keep pushing forward and have a positive outlook on how things are going.’

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Eden Hazard tells Daniel Sturridge to continue goalscoring streak against Manchester City

Hazard and Sturridge played together at Chelsea (Picture: AP)Eden Hazard urged Daniel Sturridge to continue his goalscoring hot-streak against Manchester City when Liverpool play the Sky Blues next weekend.

Sturridge came off the bench to score a stunning equaliser against Chelsea, and deny Hazard’s team all three points in a fascinating encounter at Stamford Bridge.

The game was billed as an important fixture in the Premier title race, and Liverpool did well to fight back from going behind.

Hazard and Sturridge were in fine form, and the Chelsea star approached his former teammate in the tunnel after the game.

‘Great goal…just make sure you do it again next weekend,’ Hazard was reported to have said to Sturridge by BT Sport reporter Des Kelly.

Hazard put Chelsea in front in another star performance from the Belgian, following up with the winner he scored against Liverpool during the mid-week fixture in the Carabao Cup at Anfield.

Sturridge too scored in that game, and Hazard added to his praise for his rival speaking to the BBC.

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Sturridge’s strike earned Liverpool a crucial point (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘I said to him the goal wasn’t bad, to be fair. He scored twice. One Wednesday, one today like me. Maybe he try to be like me.

‘But no he is a great, great player. I had a chance to play with him a bit at Chelsea. And I know he is a fantastic player.

‘He had a lot of injuries in the last few years but when he is on the pitch he can create goals like this. I am happy for him but not happy for Chelsea’

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Liverpool hero Daniel Sturridge reveals what he told Gianfranco Zola after his wondergoal v Chelsea

Daniel Sturridge’s late goal earned Liverpool a point against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Daniel Sturridge has revealed what he told Gianfranco Zola after scoring a late equaliser for Liverpool against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Reds appeared to be heading for their first Premier League defeat of the season as Eden Hazard’s first-half goal separated the sides at Stamford Bridge.

But, after coming on from the bench, Sturridge fired a superb strike past Chelsea summer signing Kepa Arrizabalaga to earn the visitors a point.

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Sturridge was seen speaking to Zola after the 1-1 draw and was asked about the exchange in his post-match interview.

‘I was just telling him I’m watching his videos, that’s how I’m learning,’ Sturridge told Sky Sports.

‘He was a great player… legend, and I really am watching his videos so it’s great to have a chat with a guy like him.’

Sturridge and Chelsea coach Gianfranco Zola (Picture: BT Sport)Asked about the goal and whether it was his best for Liverpool, 29-year-old Sturridge added: ‘It was a good goal, the boys worked tirelessly throughout the game and we were unlucky not to score in the first half.

‘I’d like to think I’ve scored better goals but probably not. This one was a nice goal. It was all about getting the result.

‘It’s a team game and I just give my best every minute I get. It’s important to keep pushing forward and have a positive outlook on how things are going.’

Sturridge celebrates with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)James Milner, meanwhile, said: ‘It is the sign of a good team to keep on going.

‘You would be worried if we were not creating chances but we kept creating chances and that is a positive.

‘We saw that we are both good teams. It is early days and as far as we are concerned we take each day as it comes. There is quality all throughout the squad.’

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Jurgen Klopp hints he is ready to pick new-look Liverpool strike force

Daniel Sturridge scored on his return to the Liverpool starting line-up against PSG (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp is confident Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino have the ability to play alongside each other in what would represent a new-look Liverpool attack.

The injury-plagued England international, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, returned to the starting line-up in midweek and rewarded his manager’s faith with the opening goal in a dramatic 3-2 win over PSG.

Sturridge lasted 70 minutes and was replaced by eventual matchwinner Firmino who had been nursing the eye injury he picked up following a collision with Jan Vertonghen a week ago.

Roberto Firmino scored the dramatic late winner against PSG (Picture: Getty)

Roberto Firmino wore protective goggles during training on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Klopp confirmed the Brazilian, who wore protective goggles during Thursday’s training session, is fully fit but would harbour no concerns over pairing him alongside Sturridge.

‘Yes, he’s ready. Why should I think that about Bobby? Did I speak a lot about line-ups in the past? I don’t think so,’ Klopp said ahead of Saturday’s match against Southampton at Anfield.

‘The impact Daniel had [against PSG] was only positive. Intense game, it was all good, fantastic game.

‘Could they play together [alongside Firmino]? Yes, of course.

‘Sturridge had minutes before that and trained well and had the rhythm and did well”

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Roberto Firmino flashes huge smile as Daniel Sturridge puts Liverpool ahead vs PSG

Sturridge headed in an excellent goal (Picture: Sportimage)Roberto Firmino flashed a big smile from the bench when Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool ahead against Paris Saint-Germain.

Sturridge started upfront ahead of Firmino in the Reds’ Champions League opener, with the Brazilian not fully fit after suffering an eye injury during the weekend win over Tottenham.

Firmino did make the bench, but Jurgen Klopp explained he went with Sturridge as it was unclear on Wednesday morning if his first-choice centre-forward would be able to play.

Sturridge took full advantage of his first Champions League start in six years, heading Liverpool in front in the 30th minute.

The cameras switched to Firmino among the substitutes, and the striker looked delighted for his team-mate.

Sturridge’s goal was quickly followed by a penalty from James Milner, before PSG full-back Thomas Meunier pulled one back for the visitors just before half-time.

Before the game, Klopp said Sturridge deserved his first start of the season after fighting to re-establish himself in the Liverpool squad.

Robertson delivered a brilliant cross for Sturridge (Picture: Sportimage)

(Picture: Sportimage)Sturridge went out on loan to West Brom for the second half of last season, with the goalscorer seemingly set for a summer exit.

But the Englishman rediscovered his form and fitness in pre-season and the goal against PSG is Sturridge’s second this campaign.

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