Daniel Sturridge looks set to be rewarded for his form at Liverpool, with reports suggesting that the prolific striker is close to signing a new contract at Anfield.
According to the latest speculation from The Sun, Sturridge will agree a lucrative five-year deal in the coming weeks that will see him extend his future on Merseyside until 2019 and also see his weekly earnings jump to a massive £180,000-per-week.
The same source claims that such a deal is essentially a bumper upgrade on the 25-year-old's current deal, with further add-ons set to be included relating to trophies and goals scored.
A forthcoming offer of this magnitude is a sign of just how far Sturridge's previously stagnant and frustrating career has progressed during his time at Liverpool.
Before joining the club from rivals Chelsea in January 2013, the England international had struggled for consistency and regular starts both at Stamford Bridge and with previous employers Manchester City.
While there was certainly no disputing his talent, no-one seemed particularly willing to give Sturridge the chance to prosper and develop - that is until Brendan Rodgers stepped in.
Under the Northern Irishman's leadership, Sturridge has simply gone from strength-to-strength. He scored a total of 21 top-flight goals last season and formed one of the most devastating strike partnerships in the history of English football alongside a certain Luis Suarez that almost guided Liverpool to their first title in over two decades.
Suarez was sold to Barcelona for a mammoth £65 million sum this summer, of course, heaping the pressure on Sturridge to confidently assume the mantle of Liverpool's leading attacking threat.
Never one to lack self-belief, Sturridge looks eager to prove that he can continue to succeed at the same rate without the controversial Uruguayan on hand to distract opposition defences.
He has scored one goal in three Premier League appearances so far this season, a 79th-minute winner in a home clash against Ronald Koeman's Southampton back in mid-August.
A thigh injury sustained during England training last week means that it is unlikely he will be fit enough to feature for Liverpool against Aston Villa on Saturday, however, with that particular problem also forcing Sturridge to miss the Three Lions' opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.
New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck was on hand to cover for his absence in Basel and it seems likely that Mario Balotelli will be capable of carrying the attacking load alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling for Liverpool in the short-term.
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