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Old 06-06-2019, 05:35 PM   #49
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Default Daniel Sturridge sends emotional open letter to Liverpool fans after exit confirmed

Daniel Sturridge has posted an emotional farewell message after his Liverpool departure was confirmed.

Sturridge will bring a six-and-a-half-year stay to a close by leaving when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The striker made 27 appearances this season and was on the bench for Saturday's Champions League final win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

The 29-year-old was given a glowing reference from Jurgen Klopp when his imminent exit was made public on Tuesday evening.

And now Sturridge has posted a message on Facebook in tribute to Liverpool's supporters and colleagues on the playing and coaching staff.



"What can I say... Itís been one hell of a ride at this beautiful club," he said. "We were together for seven 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 weíd have to break up. That time is now...

"I wanna say to the fans I love yíall. You made me feel so welcome and embraced me with open arms. The Sturridge dance became famous at Anfield and Iíll 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 isnít a goodbye cause Lord knows weíll 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 donít 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."

Sturridge's time at Anfield was hampered by a succession of injuries - he made 160 appearances while scoring 67 goals - but was in the matchday squad for all bar four games this season.

And he has paid particular tribute to the Liverpool medical team that helped him recover and return to fitness.

"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.



"Iím 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 ďSmallyĒ youíve 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. Iíll miss you guys just know Iím forever grateful to you for everything you did for me."

Sturridge added: "To FSG you guys have done everything in your power to ensure the club has gotten back to the top and itís 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 youíre an absolute boss and Iím 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.

"Iím so happy I was a part of the club's sixth Champions League win because all the fans have deserved it for all the support theyíve given me and club during my tenure. I wish you all the best in the future and more success for the club.

"Like Iíve always said itís #redordead . Thank you for the memories. Much love, Daniel."
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