ESPN reports that, having struggled to find a role within the Liverpool first team, the Reds are willing to listen to offers for Sturridge as the Englishman looks to get his career back on track. Significantly, Sturridge himself is also open to the idea of leaving, with the prospect of the 2018 World Cup on the horizon.
Sturridge had had a tough season, and in truth, he’s had a tough few years under Jurgen Klopp. Though a regular under Brendan Rodgers, Klopp has, more often than not, opted to play Roberto Firmino in place of Sturridge, with the latter’s injury record really hampering the trust that his manager has in him.
Indeed, over the last year or two, Sturridge has had more injury problems than you can count, and that, evidently, is not conducive to a regular role in the Liverpool first team.
That being said, clubs are reportedly willing to take a punt on him, with ESPN noting that Southampton and West Ham United could be keen on a move for him if he is available.
Liverpool will, of course, not want to sell him for a cut-price, but a move appears to be what they are looking for. Saying that, he’s rated at £18 million by Transfer Markt, yet given his lack of form and injury issues, the Reds may well have to sell him for below his market value.
It’s probably time for Daniel Sturridge to think about leaving Liverpool. He had a sensational start to life in red, but since his partnership with Luis Suarez ended, he’s been on a steadily decline at Anfield.
Roberto Firmino is, simply put, a better choice at present. He offers more in front of goal, and he’s also far better on the ball. When Sturridge performs, he’s unstoppable, but he just hasn’t been consistent enough.
He will want to be on that plane to Russia, though, and so a departure makes sense for all parties involved.
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