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Bolton/Liverpool: They Played for Both Clubs - Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool's only decent player once had a spell at Bolton Wanderers - but then you knew that

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A product of the Aston Villa academy, the present-day Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has had a well-travelled and somewhat nomadic career taking in spells at clubs including Coventry City, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bolton Wanderers and of course Liverpool.

He came to wider prominence as a pacy young striker at Manchester City, although he would leave the club under a cloud. With his contract at Manchester City expired, he signed for Chelsea on a four-year contract in 2009. with the fee decided by tribunal meaning that Chelsea would pay an initial fee of £3.5 million, with additional payments of £500,000 after each of 10, 20, 30 and 40 first-team competitive appearances. There would also be a further payment of £1 million if Sturridge made a full international appearance, and Manchester City in addition would receive 15 percent of any sell-on fee if Sturridge was transferred. Complicated.

Five goals in his debut season at Stamford Bridge saw the emergence of a talented young striker. Chelsea's preference to buy expensive attacking talent was to the detriment of Sturridge's development and so it came as a surprise to precisely nobody that was loaned out to gain more experience.

Owen Coyle's Bolton side had gained a reputation (no, seriously) for attacking play and for developing young talent. Arsene Wenger had deigned to loan his prodigy Jack Wilshere to Coyle who gave the youngster valuable first-team exposure at Premier League level.

Sturridge was a similar revelation at Bolton. Arriving at a time when the club was struggling in the league, the Birmingham-born forward took Bolton's season by the scruff of it's neck and left a lasting impact on the club and the supporters.

He scored an injury-time winner on his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and another a week later against Tottenham Hotspur. When Sturridge scored the equaliser against Newcastle United in his fourth game, he became only the sixth player to score in his first four games for a club in the Premier League.

He continued to make an impact at Bolton and finished his loan spell with 8 goals in 12 appearances at the club. Having never been booked in his career, for laughs Sturridge received his first ever red card in the final game of the season against former club Manchester City.

He returned to Chelsea though failed to dislodge first-choice striker Didier Drogba, and was instead sold to Liverpool for £12m in January 2013. He finally found his feet at the club scoring an impressive 36 goals in 52 games thus far along with making himself first-choice for England along the way.

Thanks for the memories, although your dance moves haven't improved any.

You can see all of his eight Bolton goals below: