Daniel Sturridge has expressed his delight after leaving Liverpool to join West Brom on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The striker had been tipped to depart for weeks after falling out of favour under Jurgen Klopp, with Inter Milan and Sevilla among the earliest interested parties.
However, Newcastle and West Brom emerged as the most serious contenders for his signature over the weekend and the England striker will hope to revive his hopes of travelling to Russia this summer by moving back to his home city.
And the striker admitted that moving back to Birmingham was a major factor in his decision.
The striker, pictured above on Albion’s official website, told wba.co.uk: “There were many things in deciding on this move. The manager spoke very well when we talked about the challenge with the team, there was the style of play and this feels like it was the right fit at the right time.
“I’ve got some friends here who are West Brom fans so I can’t let them down as much as the any of the Albion supporters.
“Coming here, I’m back home. When I’ve played here, it had a home feel for me. I’m seeing faces in the stands that I’ve known growing up. It’s a good feeling for me being here. I want to enjoy myself as much as I can but getting results is our first priority.”
Sturridge admits helping West Brom stay in the Premier League is his immediate aim as he continued: “It’s going to be a great feeling for me to be here, to have my family not so far away that they can come to games and see me play regularly. I want to enjoy myself as much as I can but it’s an important time for the Club also. It’s not about enjoyment right now, it’s about getting results.”
Sturridge has netted three goals this term under Klopp, but the Reds boss increasingly used him as a backup option, with Roberto Firmino the undisputed favoured centre forward at Anfield.
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