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Sturridge: 'Coutinho was a KFC bargain bucket for Liverpool'

Sat 12 December 2020 | 21:05

A man who took his own action to Anfield in 2013 considers the 28-year-old Brazilian to have been a canny venture at Anfield

Philippe Coutinho

was a "KFC bargain bucket" for Liverpool, says

Daniel Sturridge

, with the Brazil international purchased from Inter Milan for £8 million ($11m) and offloaded to Blaugrana for £105m ($139m). 

The Reds went to gobble up the South American playmaker from Inter during the winter transfer window of 2013. 

He would proceed to go through five years at Anfield, scored 54 goals in 201 appearances, prior to taking off to pursue his fantasy at Camp Nou. 

Sturridge was picked up at the same time as Coutinho, with the England striker temped away from

Chelsea

He additionally had a delightful spell on Merseyside, finding the net 67 times altogether for Liverpool, and sees himself as to have been a "

snip

". 

Sturridge is, nonetheless, arranged to concede that Coutinho offered impressively more benefit, with those in the background beginning a pattern that has proceeded in arrangements for any semblance of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, and Mohamed Salah. 

Examining his own move to Liverpool, Sturridge – who stays without a club at present in the wake of disavowing Trabzonspor – disclosed to The Beautiful Game Podcast:

“It was the perfect place for me, which is mad.

“My sister dreamt it. She said: 'I think you are going to play for Liverpool one day' - and I was like, 'What are you on about, you are talking foolishness.'

“She was like, 'I see you playing in red' - and I was like, 'What is she on about? I play for Chelsea.'

“To say the team was missing someone like me was how they sold it. We got Luis Suarez over here, unbelievable player, Stevie G [Steven Gerrard], who I trained with at England.

“They had a young Raheem [Sterling] and they also had ambitions as well. They said they were going to sign players. They then brought Coutinho in who was a bargain bucket. Bargain bucket man, a KFC bargain bucket!

“It was a snip and we were cheap. £12m for myself and £8m for Coutinho. I don’t know how much they earned from Coutinho.

“For myself, I was there a long time and signed another deal and saw the length of my contract out.

“But they just make great signings at the club. They know what they are doing. Michael Edwards and the team behind the scenes, they just know what they are doing.”

Sturridge left The Reds in 2019, but he cherished his moments at the 128-year-old club.

“The fans were just different. You play at Anfield – you’re getting the goosies.

“You’re walking through the tunnel getting the goosies; like the goosebumps and the hairs on your arm are standing up.

“You see the sign – some of the players are tapping the [This is] Anfield sign – and you’re thinking: [it’s] different over here!”

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