Liverpool sign Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge, captain Gerrard sets challenge


Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says the club's new signing Daniel Sturridge can have "no excuses" if he fails to become a success at Anfield. The 23-year-old striker, who signed for the Reds in a £12m deal from Chelsea, struggled to secure regular first-team football at both Manchester City and Chelsea, even though his talent was always undisputed.

"He has said he wants to play football for a big club," said Gerrard. "There'll be no excuses. He'll be with good players at a great club."

Gerrard challenged fellow England international Sturridge, who scored six goals in 32 City appearances and 24 in 96 games for Chelsea, to score on a more regular basis for Liverpool. "Daniel has the quality. I know he's got it - I've seen it," the captain said. "He's suffered a bit at Manchester City and moved on to Chelsea where he hasn't played as much as he wanted but has shown flashes of brilliance. I think he's at the age now when he needs to settle down, get a settled club and show consistently what qualities he's got. It's all there for him. He just has to go and grasp it with both hands. He's at an age now where he should be performing week in, week out."

With Andy Carroll out on loan at West Ham, Sturridge will have to compete with Italian Fabio Borini for the chance to partner Uruguayan Luis Suarez in attack. "Daniel's arrival will help the club. He's got power, pace, strength - he has got huge potential," Gerrard added. "He's another attacking option and if you look at the bigger picture from the beginning of the season up until now, we have been a little bit short in the final third."

Liverpool face league leaders Manchester United on January 13, here are the odds for the game from Bet365:

Man Utd win - 4/5
Draw - 11/4
Liverpool win - 16/5

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