Daniel Sturridge became Liverpool's first signing of the January transfer window after joining the club from Chelsea, and the striker wasted no time in introducing himself to the fans with a debut goal after just seven minutes against Mansfield Town.
Sturridge completed just under an hour of his first match since Nov. 17 when he played the full 90 minutes for the Blues against West Bromwich Albion, and he insisted that he would score plenty more goals for the Reds once he was fully fit.
I am lacking sharpness in front of goal. I missed a few chances but hopefully once I get my fitness those ones that I missed will go in.
The England international also took time to chat to the Reds' official website to record a short video in which he left a message for supporters. Sturridge said he was delighted to join Liverpool and wants to help bring success to the club and smiles to the faces of supporters.
It's one of the biggest clubs in the world; I'm humbled by it. It's a huge club and it's a dream for anyone to play for them. The history, the fans are amazing and I'm delighted to be here.
Having completed his debut and opened his goal-scoring account, Sturridge is now looking to play his first league game for the club—against Manchester United on Sunday. A former Manchester City player, Sturridge will be no stranger to the rivalry which exists between the Red Devils and their opposition.
The striker has thanked his manager as well for having the faith in him to bring him to Anfield, and he is looking forward to playing alongside his new teammates, particularly top scorer Luis Suarez.
It's amazing for the manager to put such faith in me. The only way I can repay him is by doing a job on the football field.
It's going to be a pleasure for me to play with Luis. He shows what a good player he is every time he gets the ball with the way he really gets at defenders. I'm looking forward to us forming a formidable partnership against the teams we've got coming up soon. I'd love to start against United but it's down to the manager which team he picks. If he chooses me then great, if not I'll be looking to come on and make an impact.
Brendan Rodgers' Reds having won seven of their last nine fixtures in all competitions and will looking to progress further up the league table in spite of some testing upcoming matches.
Kopites will be hoping that their new front line of Suarez and Sturridge clicks quickly and that both can contribute heavily toward scoring plenty more goals this season.