Steven Gerrard still surprised Chelsea let Daniel Sturridge join Liverpool

Steven Gerrard admits he is still surprised that Chelsea allowed Daniel Sturridge to leave Stamford Bridge to join Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge Photo: Nike

Steven Gerrard admits he is still surprised that Chelsea allowed Daniel Sturridge to leave Stamford Bridge to join Liverpool last season.

Sturridge, 24, has been one of the Reds’ standout performers this term, scoring eight goals and notching up two assists in 11 games to help Liverpool up to second place in the table.

The striker, currently the Premier League’s joint top scorer, netted 11 goals for the Merseysiders in the second half of last season after moving to Anfield in a deal worth around £12m back in January.

Gerrard has been hugely impressed by the forward’s impact since his arrival and believes the Blues will be ruing their decision to let him leave west London.

“I was surprised Chelsea let him go,” said Gerrard. “I had seen flashes of Daniel at Manchester City and also Chelsea and really liked what I saw.

“But now I have worked with him at close quarters on a daily basis, in the games for Liverpool and England, I’m a huge fan.

“The stage is set for Daniel to go and prove to everyone that he is a top-class forward. He’s certainly got the talent and ability to do it.”

Sturridge scored 13 times in all competitions for Chelsea in 2011-12, including 11 in the Premier League. He spent three years Manchester City before joining Chelsea in 2009, and was loaned to Bolton in 2011.

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