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Sturridge in last chance saloon, claims Liverpool boss


Daniel Sturridge has a last chance to succeed at a big club, claims Brendan Rodgers.

The 23-year-old began his career at Manchester City, where he was regarded as one of the brightest young talents in English football. However, he only made 21 Premier League appearances for the Blues, scoring four goals, and when his contract expired in the summer of 2009 he moved onto Chelsea for a compensation fee.

Sturridge again struggled to find his name on the scoresheet during his first 18 months in the capital, during which time he bagged just one goal in 26 outings. Halfway through the 2010-11 campaign he was loaned to Bolton Wanderers, and perhaps for the first time, he gave a real indication of his talent with 8 goals in 12 matches.

When he returned to Stamford Bridge ahead of last season he was determined to become a regular in the first team, and he did make 30 appearances in the Premier League and chipped in with 11 goals. He had, though, of late been asked to perform in an unfamiliar role on the right hand side of the attack on the occasions he had been selected.

Sturridge was always likely to leave the European champions this month, and on Wednesday he completed a £12million move to Liverpool. Rodgers knows the striker well from his time on Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Chelsea, and the Reds coach believes this is the last chance for his new signing to prove himself as a big club.

"He is a player that I've know since he was about 12 years of age," said Rodgers. "He made his name as a youngster at Manchester City when he was one of the top young strikers in European football. You make a move as a young player and it is always going to be difficult because he is a goalscorer and the only spell he's had that was at Bolton.

"When he has played games he has scored goals. We are bringing in a player who knows he has to perform if he wants to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world and this is probably his last chance. I have every faith that over his time here he will prove a real hit and it gives us another attacking threat at the top end of the field.”

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