DANIEL STURRIDGE made an “excellent” start to his Liverpool career according to boss Brendan Rodgers.
The 23-year-old marked his first appearance for the Reds with the opening goal against Mansfield Town in yesterday’s FA Cup third round tie.
Sturridge, a £12m signing from Chelsea earlier this week, was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI at the One Call Stadium after Rodgers had strongly hinted he would pick the striker as one of his seven substitutes.
But the England man was on from the start and after just eight minutes vindicated his manager’s decision with a clinical finish after Jonjo Shelvey had played him through.
Sturridge lasted 55 minutes before being replaced by Luis Suarez and managed time to miss a couple of good opportunities, as well as pick up a yellow card, in that time.
Rodgers said: “I thought Daniel was excellent. He is nowhere near fit yet and is coming off a bit of an injury. But you have seen in that little cameo his pace and power. He scored a good goal and probably could’ve had three.
“It was a good introduction for him and a tough introduction for him because Mansfield were very committed.”