Updates from Friday, Oct. 3
Liverpool's official Twitter feed announced today that Sturridge has signed a new deal:
Updates from Thursday, Oct. 2
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed talks are being held with Daniel Sturridge over a new Liverpool contract.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo provides the latest:
Multiple reports in the English press on Thursday morning suggest Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is set to be rewarded for his goalscoring form with a bumper new contract worth £150,000 per week.
Per Transfermarkt.co.uk, the striker would be renewing his current deal which expires in the summer of 2018, with Liverpool keen to tie down their younger players to long-term deals.
The Daily Mail's Dominic King reports:
Daniel Sturridge is close to signing a new long-term deal that could net the Liverpool striker £150,000 per week.
He still has four years left on the terms that were agreed after his £12million arrival from Chelsea.
However, other reports state that any new deal could be worth almost £170,000 per week once incentives have been considered, which would place him on a par with club captain Steven Gerrard as the highest earner in the squad.
The Mirror's Liverpool correspondent David Maddock clarifies:
He will almost treble his money, taking his pay to around £150,000 a week - which will put him on a par with some of the Reds' biggest earners and recognise his contribution to the club over the past 18 months.
The incentive clauses in place mean Sturridge could potentially command almost as much as the Reds' top earner and captain Steven Gerrard, who picks up in the region of £170k a week.
First priority for the club, though, will be to get the England star back playing following a recent injury absence. The Reds have failed to win any of their three league fixtures without him.
While Sturridge's absence alone cannot account for the club's loss of form, coping without a player who scored 21 goals in 29 league appearances last season has been a major blow for a team already recovering from the sale of Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez.
Not all of Brendan Rodgers' transfer activity has been so successful, but Sturridge has undoubtedly been a terrific addition in his 18 months at Anfield. Having struggled for consistent playing time at Chelsea, the Englishman has struck 32 Premier League goals in 46 appearances per WhoScored.com statistics.
The following tweet is representative of the feelings of many supporters:
The 25-year-old's combination of pace and deadly accuracy in his finishing has been a major feature of Liverpool's counter-attacking play since his arrival and it is perhaps no surprise that the club's form should have dropped off in his absence. Such speed and efficiency is a rare combination that sets Sturridge apart from many of his rivals.
The good news for fans of the Reds, besides a potential new deal to tie Sturridge to the club, is that the striker will not be called to the England squad for upcoming international fixtures in order to allow time for recovery from a groin injury.
The Independent's Ken Ferris reports manager Rodgers saying:
Whether he is available for West Brom or not, he won't be fit. We are hoping he can train with the team on Thursday.
We hope he'll be available on Saturday. But if you are talking about a player's availability for England they need to be fit to play and Daniel will not be fit to play.
Rodgers' caution regarding England selection is understandable given that the striker's injury was suffered while away with Roy Hodgson's squad.
Liverpool play West Brom on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, a match for which Sturridge is potentially available for selection. However, even should he appear, he will not be released for the upcoming qualification fixtures with San Marino and Estonia.
While Sturridge may have been the highest scoring English striker last season, Hodgson will doubtless expect to overcome either opponent with little difficulty in spite of his star's absence.
The striker's recent break from action has proved a good opportunity for Liverpool to work toward tying down his services long-term and, should he continue in similar goalscoring form this season, it may well be necessary to ward off the advances of potential suitors.
Sturridge has no doubt highlighted to the club how keenly his loss has been felt in recent weeks, justifying his demands as he finalises the terms of his new deal with the club.
Alongside Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, the striker is considered key to the Reds' hopes of achieving their aims both this season and in years to come. Given that importance, the club's keenness to tie down his services with plenty of time remaining on his current contract is entirely understandable.