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January 2013 for Liverpool: Coutinho and Sturridge arrive; FA Cup embarrassment

We look back at the events of January 2013 for Liverpool FC.

We look back at January, the opening month of an interesting 2013 for Liverpool, as the year comes to an end.

What were the big stories from that month?

2nd January

Liverpool comfortably beat Sunderland at Anfield. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring before a Luis Suarez brace finished things off.

Daniel Sturridge signed from Chelsea. The striker signed for an undisclosed fee after becoming frustrated at the lack of first-team football at Chelsea.

3rd January

Adam Morgan was loaned to Rotherham United.

4th January

Liverpool allowed Joe Cole to join West Ham on a free transfer. The midfielder never settled at Anfield and was allowed his move back down south after struggling to find is feet on Merseyside.

6th January

A controversial goal from Luis Suarez saw Liverpool through in the FA Cup v Mansfield. Daniel Sturridge scored the other goal in a 2-1 win on his debut.

7th January

Suarez was heavily criticised for using his hand in the scoring of the winning goal v Mansfield.

9th January

Brendan Rodgers stated his belief that Liverpool should be bringing through more local youth lads.

10th January

Liverpool were considering offering Kenny Dalgish a role as club ambassador.

11th January

Nuri Sahin was allowed to terminate his loan at Liverpool. He spent the rest of the season and has remained at Borussia Dortmund ever since.

13th January

Liverpool lost to old foes Manchester United. Despite Sturridge scoring again the damage had already been done by Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic.

17th January

An Anfield redevelopment was dubbed ‘on-track’ with a planning application being drawn up.

18th January

Liverpool were rumoured to be after Wesley Sneijder … if he took a paycut.

19th January

Liverpool thrashed Norwich 5-0. Luis Suarez was the star of the show

20th January

Sneijder signed for Galatasaray … despite Liverpool’s apparent interest.

21st January

Liverpool were nearing the completion of a new signing. Philippe Coutinho was said to be on his way from Inter Milan.

22nd January

Liverpool were reportedly waiting to sign Marco Rojas, a New Zealand international, when his contract expired in the summer.

24th January

Liverpool reportedly upped their bid for Coutinho after interest from Southampton and a stalemate in discussions with Inter Milan.

26th January

A fee was finally agreed for Coutinho - in the region of £8.5 million.

27th January

Liverpool were embarrassed by Oldham in the FA Cup. They lost 3-2 as goals from Matt Smith (2) and Reece Wabara saw the League One side do the trick.

30th January

Liverpool confirmed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan. He signed a long-term contract with the club:

"I'm feeling very happy, it's a very important step in my career and I'm expecting to come here and play good football to give my contribution on the pitch.”

31st January

Liverpool went 2-0 up v Arsenal but were pegged back twice and drew 2-2in the Premier League.

Liverpool sold Alexander Doni to Botafogo.

Dani Pacheco joined Huesca on loan.

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