Sturridge still had four years left on the terms that were agreed after his £12 million arrival from Chelsea, but Liverpool have decided to reward his progress, he has scored 36 goals in 52 games, with a new contract, which would be heavily incentivized on his performances and run to the summer of 2019.
“It feels great,” Sturridge told the Liverpool website. “It’s a big day in my life to commit to this club and to give the club my best years, which are ahead of me.
“I am thankful for the opportunity and that is the reason I committed my future. Everyone has been great with me, from the fans to the staff to the players, so it was an easy decision. I’m happy with how everything is going.”
“There are a lot of things I’m happy with how they’ve gone so far, but there is a lot to come,” added the left-footed forward, who scored one goal for England at this year’s FIFA World Cup™. “I’ve not shown yet what I can do. What I’m doing is just the start for me. I may have had some good games and scored some goals, but literally this is the beginning in terms of what I can show.
“I don’t feel I’ve shown really what I can do as a footballer. I am looking forward to the hard work, the training, the games and everything, and looking forward to the future.”
Having finished runners-up to Manchester City last season, Liverpool have struggled this season, winning only two of their first six league games, but Sturridge believes there are better days ahead.
“We were so close to success last season and it was a bitter pill to take, not winning the league, but that’s just a taster of what the fans will get,” he said. “But hopefully this time we’ll have the trophies to show for it. Everyone is very obsessive in terms of wanting success and being winners. That’s what we are. That’s the Liverpool way.”
The England international, who is currently at the centre of a club versus country row after being ruled out of the upcoming internationals, has been missing for the last month through injury. It isn’t yet known whether the striker will be fit to face West Brom on Saturday.