An improved deal comes after “Brendan Rodgers revealed towards the end of last season that the England international’s progress at Anfield would be rewarded.”
Now it is reported that “negotiations are now in their final stages with Sturridge ready to commit his future to the Reds until 2019,” with a five-year deal bringing the striker up to just before his 30th birthday.
This new contract makes Sturridge one of the club’s highest earners, while remaining in keeping with owners Fenway Sports Group’s realistic wage structure.
The deal is set to be “heavily incentivised,” perhaps alluding to Sturridge’s persistent injury problems—the striker has missed the last six games with Liverpool’s form dipping alarmingly, arguably as a result.
So far this season, with Sturridge in the side for three games the Reds have scored six goals, whilst in the remaining six fixtures Rodgers’ charges have mustered the same number.
Liverpool will be hoping this new coincides with a return to the side and to goal-scoring form for Sturridge.