The Reds faithful in the Transfer Tavern have been drowning their sorrows after they wasted a brilliant opportunity to inflict some derby day misery onto their local rivals last weekend.
Liverpool went into their clash against Everton on Sunday afternoon brimming with confidence after achieving a fantastic set of results in the last few weeks, and it showed in their performance throughout the game. However, as is so often the case, their narrow 1 nil lead proved to be insufficient to carry Liverpool to derby day glory at Anfield. Mo Salah gave The Reds a deserved lead shortly before the break with a delightfully curled finish after shrugging off the challenges of two Everton defenders, before Wayne Rooney equalised from the spot in the 77th minute.
In the absence of Daniel Sturridge who was sidelined with a hamstring injury, Jurgen Klopp sent on Danny Ings late on to support Roberto Firmino in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a deserved victory for Liverpool, but Everton held on to claim an unlikely point.
But it appears the England internationals lack of involvement against Everton has done nothing to deter rumours linking him with a move away from Anfield.
Earlier this week, The Daily Mail reported that Sturridge is open to a move away from the Premier League after interest from La Liga sides Valencia and Real Betis emerged recently.
At this stage in his career, a move to La Liga could be exactly what he needs to kick-start his stuttering career.
Following years of struggle with various injuries, there is no doubt that the Birmingham-born star has lost a zip in his stride that previously enabled him to glide past opponents with ease.
Due to the importance of physical attributes such as pace and strength in the Premier League, his loss of pace has prevented him from reaching the level of performance he displayed many years ago alongside Luis Suarez in Liverpool’s attack.
However, the importance of technical ability in La Liga will allow Sturridge to settle into the Spanish top-flight with relative ease considering the immense quality of his natural footballing ability.
The lack of representation from the British media in Spain will also lend him the chance to start a new chapter in his career away from the intense scrutiny of the press.
Considering Sturridge’s lack of opportunity at Liverpool so far this season, a move to La Liga would be in his best interests during the January window.
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