Well, that was quick:

Liverpool Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea.

The 23-year-old becomes our first signing of the January transfer window after penning a long-term contract at Melwood today.

Afterwards he told Liverpoolfc.com of his joy at sealing the deal.

“I am humbled and happy to be here,” said Sturridge.

“Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time – and I also see myself here for a long time. I’ve not signed here to play for a couple of years and then move on.

“I’ve signed to be here for as long as possible. It’s a humongous club – for me, one of the biggest in the world – and to have the fans and world-class players we have here is amazing.”

The deal is for a reported £12 million, which must include some that tasty ‘English premium.’ Anyway, despite the crap Sturridge has received from all quarters from I believe two single matches in which he didn’t score and did some dumb things, he’s 23, which is a nice age to buy a player who may be able to improve slightly.

It would be nice to report on his individual actions-per-minute stats, or his successful passes as a percentage of his team’s when on the field, but those websites don’t exist…yet. Anyway, some LFC fans are pretty pissed, but then Sturridge has to be better than Fabio Borini, no?