Daniel Sturridge has penned a heartfelt goodbye letter upon the confirmation of his departure from Liverpool after six-and-a-half years at the club.
Signed from Chelsea for a bargain £12 million in January 2013, Sturridge’s Liverpool career started in blistering fashion, scoring 24 goals in his first full season at the club.
Injuries, though, have hampered his five seasons since and restricted him to just 13 starts in all competitions in the last two seasons.
His departure, then, is no surprise, but the likeable 29-year-old will be missed by all at Liverpool.
And he will miss Liverpool too.
Writing on his personal Facebook on Wednesday, Sturridge thanked the fans, his teammates, the coaching staff, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp, the fitness and medical department, and his “other mothers” – Melwood’s canteen queens Carol and Caroline.
He also goes on to thank owners FSG and each individual among the Reds’ top hierarchy – with some interesting words for each.
The manner and attention to detail in thanking everybody from the canteen staff to the club’s top brass shows the character of a player who has always had time for the fans and understood what it meant to represent this club.
Here’s Sturridge’s letter in full…
What can I say…
It’s been one hell of a ride at this beautiful club. We were together for 7 seasons and took a lil break in between.
We had a lot of high and lows together but through it all remained together knowing that one day we’d have to break up. That time is now…..
I wanna say to the fans I love y’all. You made me feel so welcome and embraced me with open arms. The Sturridge dance became famous at Anfield and I’ll never forget the first time I did it in front of the Kop.
To my team mates old and new thank you for the memories the banter was unreal. You all played a part in making me the man I am today. This isn’t a good bye cause Lord knows we’ll stay in touch no matter where I am so speak soon. To the current group of players just letting you know that Sturr crazy sauces will still be available next season so don’t stress yourselves out the lucky sauce will be back ??
To the coaching staff thank you for everything pushing me to my limits in every aspect to become the best I can be that goes for both old and new. Special shoutout to the managers Jurgen and Brendan for guiding my steps and helping me be the best I can be.
The fitness and medical department. Thank you for being on point through the lowest moments but also the highs. Your time and effort for not just me and the lads has been appreciated. I’m grateful I got to thank you all in person outside of social media. Special mention to Chris Rohrbeck for his work all season. Paul Small “Smally” you’ve been there with me from the beginning to the end and at England national team. Nothing but love and respect for you. Lastly Andy Massey you went above and beyond so thank you so much.
Kitchen staff and everyone at Melwood. Thank you for all the hours you put In Behind the scenes to make sure I was taken care of along with the players. Special Shoutout to my other mothers Caroline and Carol. You both are absolute legends! Lee and Graham thanks making life easier from boots to gear, top men!
Ray, Jane, Rachael and Louise. I’ll miss you guys just know I’m forever grateful to you for everything you did for me.
To FSG you guys have done everything in your power to ensure the club has gotten back to the top and it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with you. Special mention for Mike Gordon who was more than just one of the owners but a mentor who has given me advice in and out of football. Tom Werner you’re an absolute boss and I’m still waiting on my cameo in a movie ? , John W Henry thank you so much for being incredible with me through my tenure at Liverpool.
Lastly Mike Edwards who was a big part in recruiting me to the club. Had some great banter with you over the years ?
I’m so happy I was a part of the clubs 6th champions league win because all the fans have deserved it for all the support they’ve given me and club during my tenure.
I wish you all the best in the future and more success for the club.
Like I’ve always said it’s #redordead
Thank you for the memories.