Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side beat Premier League leaders Manchester City 4-3 in a thrilling contest at Anfield on Sunday, in turn becoming the first side to defeat the Citizens in the league this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into the encounter with the runaway table-toppers off the back of a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions, a streak which has seen them usurp both Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for a top four spot. And they strengthened their grip on a Champions League place last weekend as goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah secured the three points for the Merseyside giants, in turn inflicting the first loss of the campaign on Pep Guardiola’s City, although they remain on course to life the title come May.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant Reds fans in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which suggests that their side have rejected an offer from Sevilla to take striker Daniel Sturridge on loan for the rest of the season.
The 28-year-old has struggled for gametime ever since Klopp took over as manager back in October 2015, but with a World Cup to come in the summer, and the forward excluded from England’s last squad, he knows that regular football is vital to his chances of making the plane to Russia.
As such, speculation has been building regarding Sturridge’s future at Anfield, with clubs abroad and indeed in England keen on his services, yet recent reports suggest that Klopp has refused to sanction his departure to Sevilla on a temporary basis, with the Reds reportedly holding out for a ‘suitable package’ before letting him leave.
And with reports recently suggesting that they want £30 million for the 28-year-old, this is a transfer saga set to rumble on in the last two weeks of the window.
Landlord’s verdict: Daniel Sturridge has struggled for first team football at Liverpool ever since Jurgen Klopp took over back in 2015, but this season is a more pressing concern for the forward what with a World Cup to come this summer.
He was left out of Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad to underline the huge six months he has ahead of him to get back into reckoning, but that is highly unlikely to happen at Anfield.
Nonetheless, the 28-year-old won’t be going to Sevilla on loan, as the club have reportedly refused to sanction that deal as they want a ‘suitable package’ for the striker, which could be close to the recently reported £30 million.
Thus, Sturridge’s future appears far from certain heading into the final weeks of the window.
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