This week Liverpool completed the loan signing of Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid, yet Brendan Rodgers’ movement in the transfer window seems far from over. With the Northern Irishman desperate to get a deal done for Andy Carroll, Rodgers is scouting around for a replacement for the Liverpool number 9. According to the Daily Mail, that replacement could just be Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge.
Any potential deal for Sturridge obviously hinges on the future of Andy Carroll. Despite bringing on the former Newcastle man today in Liverpool’s draw with Manchester City, Rodgers is still thought to want to sell Carroll. However so far Newcastle have only made a £12 million bid to bring the striker back to the north east, whilst West Ham can only afford a loan deal which Liverpool are not interested in.
Liverpool will most likely have to stump up a fee in the £20 million region if they are to prise Sturridge from Chelsea. The England and Great Britain striker may well be interested in a move to Anfield, with first team chances at Stamford Bridge limited. However with Clint Dempsey also thought to be on the Liverpool manager’s shopping list, it may be doubtful that Liverpool could find the money for a Sturridge bid without selling players first. Rodgers is reportedly still looking for buyers for Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, with Jay Spearing’s move to Bolton become more and more likely.
Despite it being extremely questionable as to whether these rumours have any substance whatsoever, let’s look at a scenario where Liverpool had registered official interest and were considering a bid. For me Sturridge is the kind of play that would certainly fit in the system Brendan Rodgers is slowly establishing at Anfield.
The 22 year old impressed last season during a loan spell at Bolton where he netted 8 times in 12 games. Sturridge also showed his goal scoring abilities during Team GB’s Olympic campaign this summer, scoring 2 goals in their 5 games. The Chelsea man is natural a self minded centre forward, similar to former Anfield favourite Fernando Torres, with an eye for scoring goals. Yet during his time at Stamford Bridge the English striker has played more on the right wing, falling behind the likes of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and more recently Fernando Torres in the pecking order.
A move to Anfield might not be such a bad idea for Sturridge, who is struggling to break into the first team where Fernando Torres is the starting striker. Should Carroll leave, Rodgers will only have Fabio Borini and Adam Morgan as out and out strikers. Sturridge would certainly be involved in a rotation system and may even start ahead of Borini as the Italian finds his scoring boots.
In conclusion, it is highly unlikely that Chelsea will let go of Sturridge as Roberto di Matteo only has Fernando Torres and newboy Victor Moses as forwards in his squad. Yet should for some reason Sturridge decide to leave, he would certainly fit into the Liverpool system.
Brendan Rodgers needs to find an out and out goal scorer before the transfer window closes. Perhaps someone in the same mould as Sturridge could be just the solution to Liverpool’s woes in front of goal.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!