Liverpool offer five-year deal to Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is expected to sign a new contract with Liverpool, tying the England forward to last season’s Premier League runners-up until 2019, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Sturridge made a £12m move to Anfield from Chelsea in January 2013 and has gone on to score 36 goals in 52 games, helping the Reds to second place last season. It’s expected Sturridge’s new deal will raise his pay packet to £150,000 per week, part of which will come through incentives met.

The 25-year-old has of late been sidelined with a thigh injury suffered while on international duty and has three years remaining on his existing contract. Sturridge is expected to be the first of a number of contract renewals from the Merseyside club, with the futures of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho also on the agenda.

Liverpool initially wanted Sturridge in the summer of 2012 but only on a loan deal, but were convinced to make a permanent move the following winter. Sturridge spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge, playing 96 times and scoring 24 goals. He began his senior career at Manchester City, scoring six times in 32 games, and also netted eight goals in 12 appearances during a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers.

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