Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is attempting to block the sale of Daniel Sturridge because a replacement would prove too expensive. The Mirror have reported Klopp is now refusing to let Sturridge leave, despite reported interest from a number of clubs.
Klopp is reportedly of the belief that inflation in the transfer market would make any funds brought in for the striker seem insignificant, insisting any replacement of a similar quality would cost far more than the fee received.
Sturridge had been expected to depart Anfield this summer after struggling to establish himself under Klopp, having been linked with several Premier League clubs over the past few months! It appears that, unless Liverpool receive an offer far beyond expectations, that Sturridge will be staying with the club to fight for his place next season.
Klopp has previously praised Sturridge’s ability, but has often been unable to find a place for him in his starting lineup, making just seven Premier League starts last season.
The question will always be if he is content to again battle for his place in the team next season. Klopp has said Firmino is his first choice to hold the line so it could be a struggle for Sturridge.
Similar to Origi he does offer an alternative and with Liverpool fighting on four fronts next season it may just make sense to keep him.