Ex-Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge wants to leave Perth Glory after just six months

The former England international has followed his long-term injury problems to Australia and will now be on the lookout for a new club this summer

Daniel Sturridge has not been able to overcome his injury woes since joining Perth Glory
Daniel Sturridge has not been able to overcome his injury woes since joining Perth Glory

Daniel Sturridge will be on the lookout for a new club again this summer, with Perth Glory confirming he is unlikely to renew.

The former England international has yet to start a game or score for the Australian club e.g who he registered October.

Perth Glory chairman and owner Tony Sage described the move as “one of the biggest signings” in A-League history, but it didn’t pan out.

The club’s chief executive Tony Pignata has now confirmed that Sturridge – who has not played since late February when he picked up an injury after just 15 minutes on the pitch against Macarthur – is unlikely to receive an offer over the end of the current season is also offered.

“It was disappointing. We had high hopes when we signed Daniel. It didn’t work,” Pignata told SEN’s The Global Game.

“From a marketing perspective, the first game we had 18,000 on the back of his arrival and hype. Then, unfortunately, he was injured and has not been seen since. He’s training and there’s potential that he could play a few minutes this week and then end the season. Next year? Look, I doubt we’ll offer him another contract.”

Perth boss Richard Garcia previously complained : “I keep trying to bring him back and he keeps breaking down. We have to deal with it and find out where he is. He keeps coming back to certain stages, we’ll have to wait and see how that develops. I hope it’s nothing.”

The England striker arrived through the ranks Manchester City before he was caught by Chelsea in 2009. He played a squad role at Stamford Bridge until Andre Villas-Boas arrived in the summer of 2011 and made him a regular. Sturridge scored 13 goals that season as Chelsea won Champions League.

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Daniel Sturridge’s bad luck with injuries followed him to Australia

Six months later, he had piqued the interest of then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and moved to Anfield. There he formed his deadly partnership with Luis Suarez as the Reds fought for the title in the 2013/14 season.

His 24 goals this year remains a career high but the forward has struggled to reach that level since. In the summer of 2014 he was part of the England squad that traveled to Brazil for the World Cup and scored in the opening game against Italy.

Since then, injuries have been an issue that limits his performances. The arrival of Jurgen Klopp also saw Sturridge fall down the pecking order and he was loaned out to West Brom back in January 2018 only as injury struck again. The striker scored a sensational equalizer at the last minute Liverpool at Chelsea in September 2018 which was a timely reminder of his quality.

He was sacked by Liverpool in 2019 and went to Turkey, although his stay was short. He scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Trabzonspor before his contract was terminated by mutual agreement on the same day, handing him a four-month worldwide ban for violating the betting rules.

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