Liverpool to snub West Ham interest in Daniel Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp plans to keep striker at Anfield according to the Liverpool Echo. It seems that Daniel Sturridge is top of their list and they are prepared to pay big money to bring him in. He is a proven goal-scorer, with the right team and tactics he can provide the finishing power that has been sorely missing this season.
Difficulties at West Ham
West Ham have had a difficult start to the season, with the team struggling to live up to last season. The adjustment to the new stadium has apparently been more difficult than expected and with fan unrest growing. The owners want to make a statement when the transfer market opens again in the New Year. It seems that Daniel Sturridge would be that statement of intent.
Sturridge has only started four Premier League games this season. In January Liverpool will be facing a striker shortage with Sadio Mane representing Senegal at the African Cup of Nations. Danny Ings sidelined for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Not to mention Philippe Coutinho out of action till at least mid-January with an ankle ligament injury.
There is still talk of Liverpool adding to their squad with a long list of players, including Julian Brandt, Quincy Promes, Christian Pulisic and just recently Moussa Dembele, so I can’t see Liverpool reducing their squad size.
Frustrated with lack of opportunities
Naturally Sturridge has been disappointed with his lack of opportunities this season, you can see it on his face. When we are drawing he looks frustrated that he can’t be on there to win the game. When we are winning he looks equally frustrated as he is a winner. His arrogance that makes his a top striker is in his DNA – he wants to be the main man.
Should Sturridge move on eventually, you have to question if it will be at a top club. His injury record is something that hinders his ability to play at the top of his game for a consistent period of time.