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Report: 'Fantastic' player who Klopp released for Liverpool now looking for third club in three years

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been released by Australian A-League side Perth Glory.

As per a report from 90min, Sturridge has been let go having played just 138 minutes of football in Australia.

Those minutes came across six appearances and spanned seven months. The former Liverpool man failed to find the net during his spell in Perth.

Glory finished bottom of the A-League after just four wins in 26 games.

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Sturridge leaves Perth

It has been a sorry tale for Sturridge since leaving Liverpool in 2019. He joined Trabzonspor upon the expiry of his Liverpool contract but was banned from football after breaching betting rules in March 2020.

That ban lasted four months, but Sturridge was subsequently without a club for a year-and-a-half.

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By the time Perth Glory came calling last October, Sturridge had turned thirty-two. He had a trial with Mallorca in Spain last summer, but wasn’t offered a contract.

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Following his release in Australia, the former England international will be looking for his third permanent club in three years.

Remembering the good times

Few Liverpool fans will need telling exactly how good Sturridge was. At his peak, he was one of the most lethal strikers the club has ever seen.

Give him a chance and he’d gobble it straight up. Pace, power, skill, finesse, Sturridge had it all.

Without injuries, he genuinely could have gone down as a great of the club. In his first 18 months at Anfield, the Manchester City youth product scored 35 goals in 49 games.

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From that point onwards though, Sturridge had injury issues to contend with. He played for almost four seasons under Jurgen Klopp and never managed to nail down a first-team spot.

He still had his moments though. In 2017 he was called ‘fantastic’ by then Swansea manager Paul Clement via The Daily Mail.

Sturridge left the club a Champions League winner and will always be welcomed back at Anfield. Perhaps if he opts against looking for another club, The Reds could give him a leg up on a coaching career.

All the best for whatever comes next, Studge.

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