Liverpool supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side go down 1-0 at Swansea City on Monday night, thus seeing their 18-match unbeaten streak come to a disappointing end.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Premier League’s bottom team having not tasted defeat in any competition since the end of October, and off the back of beating runaway leaders Manchester City in their preceding league outing. Yet the Merseyside giants produced an insipid display and were deservedly beaten by the struggling Swans on Monday, with Alfie Mawson’s effort just before half time enough to seal the three points for Carlos Carvalhal’s side, in turn denting Liverpool’s top four hopes.
Subsequently, there have been many frustrated Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from Sportitalia (via Football Italia), which suggests that the Reds have lowered their asking price for striker Daniel Sturridge amid interest from clubs abroad.
The 28-year-old has struggled for regular football ever since Klopp took over as manager back in October 2015, but this season is a particularly important one for the striker given there is a World Cup to come in the summer.
As such, his future has been subject of speculation for a while now, and reports a few weeks ago suggested that the Merseysiders were holding out for £30 million for the striker, in the hope to get well over double what they paid Chelsea for him back in 2013.
Such price-tag has reportedly priced some clubs out of the race, Southampton reportedly weren’t willing to stump up the cash, yet recent reports suggest that the Reds have lowered that asking price to somewhere believed to be around £18.1 million.
And with Inter Milan thought to be keen on the forward, Sturridge’s departure could well be in the offing in the final few days of the transfer window.
Landlord’s verdict: Clearly, Daniel Sturridge needs to leave Liverpool this month, what with a World Cup to come this summer and the striker not going to get the minutes required to make Gareth Southgate’s squad.
But it doesn’t appear to be overly easy for the 28-year-old to get his wish as the Reds reportedly placed a £30 million price-tag on the prolific forward, a price which reportedly pushed Southampton out of the race.
However, recent reports suggest that the Merseyside giants have reduced that asking price somewhat, very much opening the door for a possible move for Sturridge between now and January 31.
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