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sturridge8Liverpool Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea.

The 23-year-old becomes our first signing of the January transfer window after penning a long-term contract at Melwood today.

Afterwards he told of his joy at sealing the deal.

"I am humbled and happy to be here," said Sturridge.

"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.

"I've signed to be here for as long as possible. It's a humongous club - for me, one of the biggest in the world - and to have the fans and world-class players we have here is amazing."

Sturridge began his professional career at Manchester City, where he finished top-scorer as City lifted the FA Youth Cup in 2008.

Source: Official Liverpool FC

Daniel-SturridgeChelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is due to have a medical at Liverpool today ahead of a £12million transfer.

Liverpool have agreed a deal with Chelsea for the 23-year-old England international and a £60,000 per week contract with the player.

Liverpool are desperate to bolster their forward line, with Luis Suarez their only fit out-and-out striker and boss Brendan Rodgers has been keeping tabs on Sturridge since the summer.

Liverpool cannot officially register any new signing until 2 January when the transfer window opens.

The former Manchester City striker has made seven league appearances for Chelsea this season, scoring one goal.

His last league appearance for the Blues was in the 2-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion on 17 November.

Sturridge has not featured since Rafael Benitez arrived at Stamford Bridge, due to a hamstring injury.

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Liverpool gained a degree of revenge for their FA Cup final disappointment as they recorded an emphatic 4-1 victory over Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday night.

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Liverpool suffered FA Cup final heartache as goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a 2-1 win at Wembley.

The Reds hoped to complete a cup double after their Carling Cup success but found themselves with a two-goal deficit following a disappointing first hour at the national stadium.

Substitute Andy Carroll inspired an unrelenting fight back in the final half-an-hour, but the Reds could not find an equaliser to add to his 64th minute goal.

Instead it was Chelsea who lifted their seventh FA Cup, but our third trip to Wembley this season was still a reminder that Kenny Dalglish has at least led Liverpool back into contention for silverware.

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says he would be more satisfied by winning two cups than being fifth in the league.


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Dirk Kuyt Liverpool are set for a minor revamp on the playing squad this summer. Kenny Dalglish and FSG are keen to trimmed the squad and reduces the squad average age. The likes of Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez and Fabio Aurelio days are numbered at Anfield.

Liverpool’s summer transfer target, Salomon Kalou also hinted that he’ll moved back to Feyenoord.

While Kalou has found a new lease of life under interim manager Roberto Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge, Kuyt has not played a huge role for Liverpool this season under Dalglish and is believed to be unhappy with life on the bench.

Indeed, Kalou let slip that the 31-year-old wants to be back in the Eredivisie as soon as possible.

"For me Feyenoord is No. 1. I want to stay another few years here. After that Feyenoord is an option." he said on Dutch television show Nieuwsuur.

"Dirk told me he wants to return now. Dirk said to me that I also must come, that we both have to return to Feyenoord."

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Liverpool will be going all out on signing at least one striker this summer. Although, Kenny Dalglish’s transfer fund will be reduced after the Reds has failed to qualify for the Champions League next season, signing an experienced striker on a free transfer would be a bargain buy for Liverpool this summer.

Kalou Liverpool has lined up Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou as Dalglish looks to beef up his attacking options. The Ivory Coast international will be out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal and the lack of regular first team football may well lead the former Feyenoord man to consider an offer from the Merseyside club.

The 26-year-old has struggled to secure a run of games ever since he arrived at Stamford Bridge in May 2006 and has consistently played second fiddle to a number of striking team-mates in that period and may now be ready to leave the West London side in search of first team football.

Luis Suarez is currently Liverpool’s most effective attacking weapon and though England international Andy Carroll has improved of late there is seemingly still a need to bring in back-up given that Dalglish’s side have managed just 40 goals in 33 Premier League matches.

Dalglish will feel that the chance to nab a player of Kalou’s talent for nothing is worth looking into and though there is reported interest from several Ligue 1 sides the Chelsea man may be tempted to remain in the Premier League.

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Liverpool may be ready to bid for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, who has become unsettled in Birmingham "following a summer of change and a succession of niggly injuries".

Bent joined Villa from Sunderland for £24 million in the 2011 January transfer window, but he has recently expressed frustration at the lack of service he is receiving at the club.

He has also incurred the wrath of fans by missing Villa’s 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool - opting to go Christmas shopping instead.

Liverpool have also been put on alert following reports that contract talks between Theo Walcott and Arsenal have broken down.

Walcott is one of several players at Arsenal who will have just one year left on their existing deals at the end of the season, and if a new deal is not agreed before the summer, manager Arsene Wenger could be forced to sell rather than risk losing him on a free transfer the following year.

Walcott said in October that he was willing to listen to the Gunners about a new contract following reports linking him with a move away from Emirates Stadium, however his agent later admitted that he did not know if the forward would still be at the club next season.

Who should Liverpool FC buy in January to strengthen the forward line?

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Andre Villas-Boas was reportedly thinking about sending the Spaniard out on loan to try and rebuild his confidence but has now decided the club should cut their losses on Torres and remove his £150,000 per week wages from their books.

Torres has struggled since moving to Stamford Bridge for £50million from Liverpool at the end of January and has scored just three league goals in total.

The arrival of Juan Mata from Valencia looked like it would help as he scored against Manchester United and Swansea, although both games ended badly with an incredible open goal miss at Old Trafford followed by a red card against the Swans.

Two more goals followed in the Champions League tie against Genk but since then the most expensive signing in British history has found himself behind Didier Drogba and now Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order and he failed to make an appearance against Manchester City on Monday.

Despite Nicolas Anelka being set to leave for China and rumours that Drogba might not sign an extension to his contract which runs out at the end of this season, it appears that Torres’ unhappy spell in west London could soon be at an end.

David Villa’s rumour has resurfaced – Barcelona putting Villa “on the list” for January transfer window.

Which player you prefer Liverpool to sign in January?

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When the rumour mills reporting that Liverpool FC are to enquired about the possibility of signing Nicolas Anelka on the cheap this January from Chelsea. The Chelsea forward has agreed to join China's Shanghai Shenhua on a weekly salary of around $300,000.

If the deal goes through, the former Arsenal and Real Madrid star will be the biggest name to appear in China's Super League, which is growing in stature despite significant corruption problems that have left several officials facing jail.

Chinese media quoted a report by sports network ESPN saying Anelka had agreed a two-year deal with Shenhua for a weekly salary of just over $300,000, reportedly a marked rise from his $160,000 a week at Chelsea.

Chinese soccer teams are increasingly resorting to buying foreign players in a bid to boost the sport, which people in the Asian nation adore.

In July, Argentine midfielder Dario Conca became China's most expensive signing - and reportedly, one of the world's best paid players - when he inked a $.8 million deal with Guangzhou Evergrande.

When the Super League kicked off in July, there was no title sponsor and state broadcaster CCTV refused to show games on national television.

Shanghai Shenua, 11th in the Chinese league last season, is the latest stop on Anelka's nomadic career, with spells also at Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Turkey's Fenerbahce.

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Liverpool are reportedly considering making a move to sign Chelsea attacker and France international striker, Nicolas Anelka in January. The Frenchman has slapped in a transfer request that boss Andre Villas-Boas has accepted and Anfield director of football Damien Comolli is keen to persuade the 32-year-old to make the move to Merseyside as he could be available for as little as £4million.

Anelka has previously had a successful loan stint at Liverpool back in 2002 after which boss Gerard Houllier opted to make a move to sign El Hadji Diouf instead of the Versailles born adaptable forward.

Dalglish is keen to beef up his attacking options as he looks to secure a place back in the top four and may well feel that a deal to bring Nicolas Anelka to Liverpool could help in that goal. The hugely experienced Chelsea man can play either out wide or as an orthodox striker and may well consider such an offer to return to the side he helped secure a runners-up finish in 2001/02.

Liverpool have had to rely heavily on Luis Suarez for goals and the Uruguayan could do with some effective support after pairings alongside Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt fail to bear fruit. Though Dalglish also has Craig Bellamy as a back up option he doesn’t have a great many players to call upon and as a result the club have managed just 17 goals in 13 Premier League matches thus far this season.

Anelka has chosen to put in a transfer request after falling far down the Chelsea pecking order behind the likes of Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge. This is despite the fact that he finished last season as the top scorer in all competitions with 16 goals in total.

Though Liverpool have a policy of planning for the future there is also a strong desire to clinch Champions League qualification for next season and a move to bring in such another top notch striker, despite his advancing years, would certainly help in this regard.

The biggest obstacle to such a deal may lie in the fact that Chelsea may not be keen on offering one of their players to a team challenging them for a top four spot, which may lead Liverpool to make a nominal offer of around £4million for a player who will be out of contract in the summer.

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What the heck is this? Read it from Mirror writer, David Maddock’s article today. First of all, Chelsea won’t sanction such a move even though it was a loan deal.

Chelsea paid Liverpool £50 million in transfer fee for him in January and was warming the Stamford Bridge bench ever since.

   “His move to Chelsea has been a disaster hasn’t it? Unmitigated, debilitating disaster. He left Liverpool in search of honours he said, in search of a more powerful team and the bright lights of big competition. He found the Carling Cup.” – excerpt from Mirror

As all the Anfield faithful has brandish him as “Judas” when he left us for the Blues. The question is “Will Liverpool’s supporters welcome him back after one year?”.

We can’t hide from the facts that Kenny Dalglish would certainly welcome an additional striker to bolster his attacking option up front. Luis Suarez is a top class player, but he is not an out and out goalscorer like Torres. Andy Carroll hasn’t looked like a goalscorer either.

Liverpool and Chelsea are fighting for the Champions League spot come this May. It wouldn’t wise to lend a potent weapon to your closes enemy. Unless, the Blues has agreed to loan him out to Liverpool until the end of the league season without the option to recalled or revoked his loan tenure at Anfield. This option can worth to be consider by Dalglish but it’s a long shot.

   “He won’t be remembered as the man who won the European Championships for Spain, as a player who won a World Cup winners’ medal or a striker who was feared across the globe, but a faintly ludicrous figure who gets rolled out with the stiffs for games that don’t matter.” – more excerpt from Mirror

We certainly don’t know what has really gone wrong with Torres at Stamford Bridge? And most of us doesn’t have the interest to investigate further. Let bygones be bygones as the Reds are moving forward and whoever Liverpool bringing in the coming transfer window, hopefully can strengthen the team. Just hope it’s wasn’t a Fernando Torres.

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Liverpool cruised into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup courtesy of a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Having found the back of the net in the league meeting less than a fortnight prior, Maxi Rodriguez returned to haunt Chelsea in London, opening the scoring on 58 minutes with the assist once again coming from Craig Bellamy.

Andy Carroll had earlier missed a first-half penalty, but the Reds doubled their advantage four minutes later with Bellamy again the provider as this time his dangerous free-kick was powerfully headed home for a first senior goal by Martin Kelly.

An injury to Lucas Leiva was the only sour note on a night to savour for Liverpool, whose quest to reach a first final since 2007 remains firmly on track.

With the final whistle against Manchester City having been blown just 50 hours earlier, Kenny Dalglish opted to make seven changes to the side he fielded at Anfield on Sunday.

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With Liverpool stuttering with draws at home and Chelsea’s recent poor form, this match was vital for both teams to get a positive result so they keep in touch with the leading group. Liverpool have had good results against Chelsea in recent years and they managed to do the double over them last season. Dalglish is unbeaten as manager against Chelsea so confidence was good going into the match.


Kenny made three changes to his side with Bellamy, Kuyt and Maxi making his first league start of the season, Andy Carroll had to settle for a place on the bench alongside summer signings Downing and Jordan Henderson, the fit again Jamie Carragher was also named as a substitute. Former Liverpool favourites Meireles and Torres were also named as substitutes for Chelsea.


Liverpool started on the attack with Maxi making two good early runs. Chelsea reacted with Mata volleying dangerously across goal. Then Mikel fired over from 25 yards.

Liverpool were looking dangerous on the attack and Bellamy combined well with Suarez but Cech thwarted them. Drogba looked to have scored from a free-kick but the ball rippled the net from behind.

The next chance came when Kuyt dispossessed Terry before Suarez failed to find Bellamy and Maxi at the back post. But then in the 34th minute Liverpool broke the deadlock when Adam dispossessed Mikel before Bellamy took over, executing a one-two with Suarez before finding Maxi on the edge of the 6 yard box who finished clinically before celebrating in front of the jubilant travelling support.

Liverpool almost made it two when Lucas sent Suarez clear but his attempted cross deflected off Luiz into the side netting.

Liverpool maybe felt they should have had more than a one goal lead after their superb first half performance. Chelsea made one change at the break with Sturridge replacing Mikel.

Chelsea started the second half with intent and Drogba saw an effort bend over. Then Mata danced into the box before Skrtel ushered away the danger. But the game had changed and Liverpool were struggling to get forward now and Chelsea got their reward with the equaliser when Sturridge beat Reina from close range from a scuffed Malouda shot.

Seconds later Reina pulled off the save of the match from a glancing header by Ivanovic. Dalglish brought on Henderson for Bellamy as he tried to strengthen the midfield that was starting to struggle to stem the Chelsea tide.

The change did seem to make a difference although Liverpool were still not threatening the Chelsea goal. Malouda had a great chance in the 75th minute but he volleyed wide from close range. Then a great run down the right by Henderson ended up with Kuyt firing just wide.

Just as it looked like the match would end a draw, Adam sprayed a pass out to the right to Johnson who skinned Cole before racing into the penalty area and then superbly slotted a left foot shot past the helpless Cech. Liverpool held out for the remaining minutes to record an important win.


Surprised to see Maxi come back into the side, but what a masterstroke, with the Argentine scoring the first goal. I was also pleased to see Bellamy and Kuyt start the match with their work rate and pace. Liverpool played superb especially in the first half with their pressing game and the way the team continued to work for each other when under pressure in the second half was tremendous. The defence was resilient and Lucas and Adam combined brilliantly in the midfield with Kuyt tireless as ever and Bellamy was always a threat and was brilliant at the first goal. Suarez caused the Chelsea defence all sorts of problems, but overall it was a great team performance and a deserved victory.

Man Of The Match – Adam – best performance this season, passed superbly and worked his socks off, played a crucial part in both goals.

Written by Jamie McLaughlin, who writes for Anfield News

Kenny Dalglish paid tribute to the 'fantastic' performance of his players following Liverpool's dramatic 2-1 victory at Chelsea on Sunday evening.

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Sunday’s Match of the Day – Premier League clash between Chelsea v Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

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20 November 2011

Stamford Bridge

Kick-off Time: 4PM (UK)

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Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since their 5-3 defeat to Arsenal, when they welcome Liverpool on Sunday.

While, Liverpool travel to West London on Sunday desperate to close the gap on fourth placed Chelsea.

Match facts:

Luis Suarez has won three penalties this season, more than any other player.

Fernando Torres has scored every 425 minutes for Chelsea compared to every 121 minutes for Liverpool and his accuracy is 38% compared to 49% at Liverpool and his chance conversion just 10% for the Blues compared to 22% with the Reds.

John Terry has scored in the 45th minute of each of the last two Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.

Daniel Sturridge has scored four goals from just six shots on target in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea have picked up more cards than any other team in the Premier League this season, 28 yellow and three reds.

Liverpool have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season (38).

Chelsea players have been credited with a joint-league high five errors leading to goals this season.

Chelsea have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games against Liverpool and three of the last four at Stamford Bridge.

There have been just nine goals scored in the last eight Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

- Stats from Opta.

Villas-Boas will be hoping for an inspired performance from former Reds favourite Fernando Torres, who is sure to be the subject of much criticism from the away supporters after his 50 million pound switch from Anfield in last season's January transfer window.

This encounter ended 1-0 in Liverpool's favour in February courtesy of a Raul Meireles goal, in what was Torres' Chelsea debut.

Chelsea – 4th

Last Five – Won(2) / Draw(1) / Lost(2)

Won 1-0 v Blackburn (A), Drew 1-1 v Genk (A), Lost 5-3 v Arsenal (H), Won 2-1 v Everton (A), Lost 1-0 v QPR (A)

Probable line-up: Cech, Boswinga, Terry(c), Ivanovic, Cole, Mikel, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Sturridge, Torres

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Liverpool – 6th

Last Five – Won(2) / Draw(3)

Drew 0-0 v Swansea (H), Won 2-0 v West Brom (A), Won 2-1 v Stoke (A), Drew 1-1 v Norwich (H), Drew 1-1 v Manchester United (H)

Probable line-up: Reina(c), Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Adam, Lucas, Downing, Suarez, Carroll

Red's Fury™ Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

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The next couple of weeks are going to be very important for Liverpool with two games away to Chelsea, one in the League and one in the Carling Cup, and a home match against Manchester City sandwiched in between. Liverpool need to keep picking up points to continue in their quest for a top four place, and the cup tie will also be very important for the club as Liverpool are desperate for silverware after a barren spell.

The cup tie away to Chelsea comes less than 48 hours after the Manchester City match and Dalglish has expressed his anger at the date of the fixture and has threatened to play a second string team against Chelsea. I just wonder if the fixture would have been changed if it was Manchester United that was in our position, I’m sure the authorities would have bent over for Fergie.

I just have a feeling that these three matches will shape our season, if we can come away with decent results in these matches then I think we will kick on and have a really good season. City and Chelsea are two of the strongest sides in the league so it is going to be a great test for us, and it will let us see how we measure up.

In my view Liverpool have nothing to fear in these matches as we have a real attacking threat now and we are also looking solid at the back now. Chelsea  look good going forward but they do look dodgy defensively and are losing quite a few goals.

City are flying right now, but I think the players and supporters will be really up for it at Anfield and I can see us beating them on our own patch. Our squad is looking healthy and Carragher and Gerrard should be back for these matches too, which will be a real boost.

I would love to see us getting to a cup semi-final but I think Kenny will have to play his best team to win the cup tie with Chelsea, and it doesn’t look like he is going to do that, which is a shame, although we have a good squad and some great youngsters that may surprise Chelsea.

I can’t wait for these games and this international break has just been so frustrating as we have had to wait two weeks between matches. Hopefully everyone reports back fully fit after these matches as Kenny will need options over the coming weeks.

So exciting times for Liverpool supporters and I have confidence that we will do well in these games setting us up for the remainder of the season and giving other teams something to think about.

Written by Jamie McLaughlin, who writes for Anfield News

Lille's academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme has claimed Chelsea are paying most attention to £40 million-rated youngster Eden Hazard.

In-demand Lille forward Eden Hazard has alerted clubs around Europe by admitting that he wants to leave the French champions at the end of the season.

Hazard, 20, has been strongly linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea in the past - with other clubs in England and Spain also believed to have followed the Belgium international's progress intently.

Despite being tipped for a move abroad last summer Hazard decided to remain at Stade Lille-Metropole to experience Champions League football with his current club, but he has now made it clear that he wants a new challenge at the end of the current campaign.

Blues manager Andre-Villas Boas has been keen to introduce more youth and flair to his squad at Stamford Bridge, with Romelu Lukaku, Oriel Romeu, Juan Mata and Thibaut Courtois joining the club over the summer.

The Portuguese has already stated his admiration for Genk's Kevin De Bruyne, but it is Lille star Hazard who is currently attracting most attention around Europe. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris St. Germain are all believed to be pursuing the 20-year-old, but it is Chelsea who head the queue.

However the Ligue 1 outfit stood firm, knowing that another year with them would see his stock rise even further.

Hazard has also previously been linked with Real Madrid, and he boosted their hopes of negotiating a transfer by making it clear he has no intention of staying in Ligue 1 - despite the fact Qatari-backed Paris Saint Germain are reportedly prepared to pay around £35 million to secure his signature.

Hazard's agent has already revealed that Arsenal failed in their attempt to sign the playmaker during the summer transfer window.

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