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Sturridge becomes a Red

By Nick Webster



STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 14: Daniel Sturridge of England in action during the international friendly match between Sweden and England at the Friends Arena on November 14, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - NOVEMBER 14: Daniel Sturridge of England in action during the international friendly match between Sweden and England at the Friends Arena on November 14, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden

Daniel Sturridge says he is "humbled and happy" after formally completing his move from Chelsea to Liverpool.

Liverpool, who had been in talks with the 23-year-old's representatives during December, confirmed the striker had signed a long-term contract. The transfer fee is understood to be in the region of £12m.

Sturridge told Liverpool's website: "I am humbled and happy to be here. Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time, and I also see myself here for a long time. I've not signed here to play for a couple of years and then move on.

Sturridge scored 13 times in all competitions for Chelsea last season, including 11 in the Premier League.

But a hamstring injury has limited his opportunities this season and he has not featured for the European champions since the 2-1 defeat at West Brom on 17 November.

The forward started his career at Coventry City before being bought by Manchester City in 2006 as a 16-year-old in a deal worth an initial £50,000. He finished top-scorer as City lifted the FA Youth Cup in 2008 before joining Chelsea the following year.