Where Daniel Sturridge is now – betting suspension, career move and ongoing injury frustration

Sturridge was at the center of Liverpool’s bid to win the Premier League in 2014 but his career has since declined sharply as injury troubles ruined his time at Perth Glory

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Daniel Sturridge on the FA appeal

at one point, Daniel Sturidge appeared to be one of English football’s most promising forwards and was a key element of the vibrant attack that was unleashed Liverpool on their First League Title fight 2013/2014.

But his career has plummeted since those halcyon days eight years ago as the striker suffered from betting bans and was plagued by injury woes. Sturridge joined Liverpool in 2013 in a £12million deal Chelseaafter struggling to match the mark at Stamford Bridge or the previous club Manchester City.

The move to Anfield sparked his career as he developed a reputation as a reliable goalscorer. His partnership with Luis Suarez was the basis of The Reds’ ultimately unsuccessful title challengein which he scored 24 goals in all competitions.

However, this proved to be the highlight of his career as Sturridge was sacked by Liverpool in 2019 Champions League to win. After leaving Anfield, the striker signed a three-year contract with Trabzonspor.

The Englishman seemed to be doing well in the Turkish Süper Lig, scoring seven goals in his first 16 appearances. But again, injury troubles plagued his time at Senol Gunes Stadium, with Sturridge missing 15 games due to various fitness issues.

Things got even worse in early March 2020 when Trabzonspor unexpectedly sacked Sturridge before it was revealed he was banned from football for four months. The ban came as a result of a The commission found that he had broken the betting rules.

Sturridge established himself as one of England’s most promising strikers early in his Liverpool spell

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The FA had appealed a commission’s previous six-week suspension, with the appeals commission also doubling the fine Sturridge had to pay £150,000. The reason for Sturridge’s ban was that he had told his brother Leon to bet on a possible move to Spanish side Sevilla.

Sturridge was devastated by the ban and lashed out at the practice of allowing bets on players changing clubs. He spent more than a year away from the game and at one point suggested he pursue a career in music.

In August 2021 he published several pictures together with a music producer named @repko_. The post was captioned: “Real recognizes real! @repko_ and I have become partners at @embassymg. We’re looking for more producers, loop makers, and artists to win with. Any artist who wants beats, talk to us about it – let’s get it!”

He finally returned to football 18 months after his release from Trabzonspor, signing for Australian A-League club Perth Glory. That move has proved a disaster, however, as Sturridge was limited to just five appearances, all played as a substitute.

Injury problems have again kept him largely on the touchlines as the striker has not appeared since suffering a groin injury in a February defeat by Macarthur. After that game, Glory manager Richard Garcia revealed his frustration with Sturridge’s “breaking down” on and on.

“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 this develops. Hopefully it’s nothing,” Garcia said.

Sturridge’s time at Perth Glory was shattered by a series of injury problems


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“We had him with us at half-time and then he did it so fast that maybe he didn’t have enough time to warm up. He is disappointed. We have to see it. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it felt. He’s a pretty strong guy. He’s had these injuries before. It’s just about him coming back from it.”

However, that proved to be the last game Sturridge would play under Garcia as the Australian was sacked with the club bottom of the A-League in March. They have won just three games all season, with Garcia voicing his dissatisfaction with the decision to sign Sturridge after his departure.

“I was aware that there were voices in the background who had intentions, but that’s part of football and of being a coach. I don’t think a lot of people realized we were working on a budget,” Garcia said Western Australia.

“People talk about Sturridge, but when you ask for money, they tell you there isn’t any, and that (signing Sturridge) happens… that’s a different issue. The less Sturridge is talked about, the better.”

Sturridge’s contract was only for a year and his injury woes coupled with Perth’s financial woes make it hard to imagine him extending his stay in Australia. It’s the latest low in a hugely disappointing downturn in his career.

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