Liverpool fans are hoping their transfer business picks up now the World Cup is finally over.
The Reds have added three new signings this summer as they look to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season. Fabinho arrived from Monaco for £40m while Naby Keita sealed his move from RB Leipzig. Klopp made Stoke winger, Xherdan Shaqiri, his third signing earlier in the week.
The German is still in the market for an attacking midfielder and Lyon captain Nabil Fekir is heavily linked with a move to Anfield despite his transfer collapsing earlier in the window. Klopp has experimented with Daniel Sturridge in a deeper role during pre-season and the 28-year-old has impressed thus far. Despite his form, Liverpool must sell him this summer.
Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, Sturridge slipped down the pecking order due to the form of Roberto Firmino and was loaned to West Brom for the second half of last season. However, injuries plagued his time with the Baggies and restricted him to just 116 minutes of football. His time on the treatment table has led to Sturridge losing his reputation as one of the deadliest forwards in England.
Klopp hinted there might be a future for the 28-year-old at the club, but he must be ruthless and authorise his departure. Sturridge cannot be relied on – he hasn’t started more than ten Premier League games since 2015. The former Chelsea striker also costs the club a significant amount of money in wages; taking home £120,000-per-week according to Sportek.
It’s time for Sturridge to part ways with the club. He remains young enough to be a success elsewhere. He will always be remembered on Merseyside for his first 18 months – now is the time to say goodbye.
Liverpool fans, thoughts?