Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge last week celebrated a year at Anfield and has been reminiscing about an impressive first 12 months spent as a player in the esteemed red jersey.
The England international was an acquisition from Chelsea in the January transfer window of last year, arriving at a cost of around £12 million, and has made hay during his spell on Merseyside so far.
Sturridge has found the net 22 times in his 30 appearances for Liverpool to make his transfer fee appear a relative snip, while his goals have helped transform the Reds into potential title contenders.
The 24-year-old credits Brendan Rodgers with playing a key role in helping him chose a move to Liverpool, although Sturridge admits he took very little convincing when the manager came calling.
Sturridge told FourFourTwo. "It wasn't a case of 'Should I go?', it was more like 'When can I come?'"
"When they put the bid in for me I was just thinking about getting myself up the motorway as fast as possible!
"I was ready to go and wanted to further my career. I needed regular football and I wasn't being given that, particularly in what I feel is my best position.
"When Liverpool came knocking there was only one outcome. I think you can see how much I love being here and we're all excited about the direction Brendan is taking us. At Liverpool I feel important to the team."
Sturridge, meanwhile, could make his first Liverpool appearance since November against Stoke City in the Premier League this weekend after recovering from an ankle injury.
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