Liverpool supporters have been slightly deflated in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side fail to get past a stubborn West Brom in a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night, thus seeing their winless home Premier League run extend to three matches.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were held by champions Chelsea back on November 25 thanks to Willian’s late strike, before Wayne Rooney secured Everton a point from their visit across the city on Sunday with a penalty 13 minutes from time. And the Reds were unable to get back to winning ways on Wednesday night either as Alan Pardew’s Baggies produced a resolute defensive performance to become only the third team this season, behind the Manchester duo, to stop Klopp’s men from scoring in a Premier League encounter.
Thus, there have been many downbeat Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last few hours, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which links striker Daniel Sturridge with a shock move back to Chelsea.
The 28-year-old left Stamford Bridge back in 2013 after four years in the capital, in which time he scored 24 goals in 96 games to help the side to the Premier League title in 2010, as well as the Champions League two years later.
And although he hasn’t won a trophy at Anfield, the England star has gone from strength to strength as a goalscorer with 64 goals in just 133 appearances for the Reds, although things haven’t quite worked out for the striker since the arrival of Klopp back in October 2015.
As such, his future has been subject of speculation for a while now, and recent reports have linked former employers Chelsea with a shock reunion with the Englishman in the forthcoming January window.
But whether Liverpool consider selling Sturridge to a major rival very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Daniel Sturridge’s record at Liverpool still makes for impressive reading, with 64 goals in 133 games, yet things haven’t worked for the 28-year-old since Jurgen Klopp was appointed manager back in October 2015.
The Englishman has struggled to convince the German of his all round capabilities as a forward and as such has often been restricted to the substitute’s bench, thus plunging his future at Anfield into doubt ahead of a World Cup summer at the end of the campaign.
Yet recent reports have linked Premier League champions Chelsea with a shock reunion for the striker, in a move which, while unlikely to happen given Liverpool’s likely reluctance to sell to a rival, could give the 28-year-old the football he needs to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad this summer.
Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!