Will Daniel Sturridge be leaving Liverpool in January?
There have been numerous stories this morning stating that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is ready to spark a transfer tug-of-war with a possible exit from the club in January.
According to the Daily Mirror clubs have been told the England striker accepts he is not wanted after slipping down the pecking order. This will spark an immediate interest from West Ham, Stoke and others Premier League clubs.
England striker Sturridge is frustrated after slipping down the pecking order at Anfield and is now ready to quit Liverpool – a move which will kick off a major battle for his signature.
It is thought that a number of clubs have been made aware that Sturridge has accepted he is not wanted by Jurgen Klopp anymore. Roberto Firmino has had a fantastic season so far and has really shone in his new position leading the Liverpool attack. Klopp does appear to prefer Divock Origi over Sturridge too. Both men are seen by Klopp as better team players.
West Ham and Stoke are among the clubs interested in the £120,000-a-week marksman. Much to everyone’s surprise including his own he has only four times for his club this season. The telling sign is that they have all been in the EFL Cup.
The Hammers in particular are desperate for a high-class marksman as they are struggling for goals this season.
Stoke have already taken striker Wilfried Bony on a season’s loan from Manchester City, but remain huge fans of Sturridge’s abilities.
The question is would Sturridge be happy with replacing being a bit part for Liverpool who are challenging for the title with a relegation battle? It’s not as if the lack of football is affecting his chances of representing England.
The 27-year-old – who scored in the Three Lions’ Wembley win over Scotland last Friday – has claimed he is happy to fight for his place.
Sturridge has looked happy on England duty over the past week and he started against Scotland on Friday, then scored the crucial first goal, but none of that is likely to stop him being on the bench at Southampton this weekend.
On Monday, interim England boss Gareth Southgate backed the player’s insistence that he IS a team player.
Speaking at his press conference before Tuesday’s Wembley friendly against Spain, Southgate said: “He is a goal-scorer, a talented player and his mentality to working with us has been excellent.”
“Every striker has a slightly different way of playing and he has some brilliant footwork.”
“He likes to drop into different areas of the field. He works for the team, he wants to be part of the team.”
“All goal-scorers are slightly individual but I don’t see any more of that [selfishness] in Daniel than any other forward.”
It’s difficult, Sturridge is clearly very talented, however just hasn’t managed to adjust to Liverpool’s new system. Maybe a change will be good for him. You do have to question the choice of clubs at the moment.
I’d have thought an on form, free-scoring Sturridge would get into most starting XI. Sadly at the moment his neither.
Selling him in January is a brave move. With Ings out injured and Mané on international duty Liverpool will really be short at the back. However with not many selling clubs in January they’d probably get more for him now than waiting in the summer.
Hopefully a replacement is sourced quickly. Maybe one has been found and we’ll be told soon….we hope.
At this moment it’s just a ‘Story’. We we have 6 weeks till the transfer window opens. Let’s see.
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