Daniel Sturridge impressed viewers in April when he delivered a keynote speech during Liverpool’s visit to Chelsea – and it was a taste of things to come.
The 33-year-old former England international will soon become a regular on our screens after it was confirmed on Friday that he would join Sky Sports’ football side for the 2023/24 campaign.
Sturridge, who won the Champions League twice, the Premier League title and the FA Cup, made 383 appearances for club and country and scored 134 times during a 16-year career.
But now, a year after his release by Australian side Perth Glory, the enigmatic Sturridge will join the likes of Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp on detective duty.
After announcing the news, he said: “The Premier League season kicks off tonight and I’m excited to be a part of it all with Sky Sports.”
“I’m looking forward to using my experience on the pitch and providing this insight to the fans watching at home,” Sturridge added.
The former Manchester City striker is sure to bring a fresh perspective to the team.
Back in April, after a largely dire relationship between Liverpool and Chelsea, he garnered plenty of praise after explaining the importance of confidence to the Premier League striker.
Sturridge, who said he often talks to himself on the pitch in an attempt to stay calm, alleged the Chelsea side lacked decisive control and self-confidence.
One fan commented on the clip below, “When he talks about finishing – he talks with proportions. And the preview videos show a different dimension to his personality. He’s awesome.”
While another said: “Pretty good to be fair. Quite different from the boring, clichéd rubbish you hear.”
Building on his appearances at Stamford Bridge last season, the 33-year-old will become a crowd favorite in the months ahead.
Sky Sports Director of Football Gary Hughes is delighted with their latest addition.
“Daniel has been a fantastic centre-forward for three of the biggest clubs in the Premier League and he will bring all his fantastic playing experience and incredible knowledge of the game to our coverage this season,” he said.
“We welcome him to the squad and all of us at Sky Sports are looking forward to what will be a season full of drama and entertainment.”
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