The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted with their side’s winning return to the Premier League this weekend.
The Reds coasted to a 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon to extend their winning run in the Premier League to three matches. Manager Jurgen Klopp once again had Mohamed Salah to thank after his brace put Liverpool in a commanding position at the interval before Philippe Coutinho made sure of the victory in the 68th minute following some intricate play involving Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Firmino was once again the designated spearhead of Liverpool’s front line for the duration of the 90 minutes, as fellow forward Daniel Sturridge remained an unused substitute.
His lack of involvement in both of Liverpool’s previous two league matches has unsurprisingly led to reports in The Daily Mirror which link him with a move away from Anfield in January.
With the World Cup in Russia little over six months away, it is time for Sturridge to seek a new challenge in order to salvage his prospects of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad and rediscover regular first-team football.
Recent history is enough to suggest that a January transfer is in Sturridge’s best interests.
The current Liverpool tactical system that regularly features Firmino in a deep-lying-forward role is not well-suited to Sturridge’s style of play, and unless Klopp has a complete rethink in his approach, Sturridge will continue to waste away on the substitute’s bench.
A permanent move in January to a club that prefer to play with two strikers up-front – whether that be in the Premier League or one of Europe’s other top divisions – is exactly what Sturridge should pursue to breathe some life back into his capitulating career.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!