Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reportedly “didn’t fancy” the signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea in the January transfer window of last year, and was ready to pull the plug on a deal for the striker.
Sturridge joined Liverpool for a fee of around £12 million and has proved a revelation since his arrival at Anfield, with the 24-year-old having scored 34 times in 43 appearances for the club, including 20 goals in the league this season.
However, according to football editor of The Times, Tony Evans, who was speaking to Sportlobster, Rodgers was not keen on the acquisition of the England international, with a deal for Sturridge pursued by the Liverpool owners rather than the manager himself.
Despite his reluctance to recruit Sturridge, the Liverpool boss has been able to summon some sensational form from the former Manchester City forward, and his partnership with Luis Suarez has been one of the most prolific in Premier League history.
The Liverpool strike duo have scored 48 goals between them this term, despite both missing significant periods through both suspension and injury, to place the club in contention to win their first title since 1990.
Liverpool are just one point behind leaders Chelsea with seven games of the season remaining, and must play the west London club at Anfield two weeks before the end of the campaign.