Liverpool began the January transfer window in titanic fashion, signing Virgil van Dijk in a £75 million deal from Southampton before flogging Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in an eye-watering deal just shy of £150 million.
Fans can scarcely believe what they have seen so far, with the bunch from the north west here in The Transfer Tavern still in shock at their side’s electric start to the year. With the Coutinho windfall now in the coffers, a lot is expected of manager Jurgen Klopp over the course of the next two windows, and fans are visualising signings in the near future. However news breaking today has suggested further departures, with Sky in Italy reporting (via Sky Sports) that Inter Milan are interested in bringing striker Daniel Sturridge on-loan until the end of the season.
Sky reports that the Italian giants are targeting players who need to play regularly ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer, and are keen to link the England international with Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, who has eighteen Serie A goals this season.
Landlord’s Verdict: If this opportunity materialises for Sturridge, he simply must take it. The opportunity to play on a regular basis in a top European league will seriously aid his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s squad, and experience the demands of a different league will improve his game.
The Italian game is traditionally played at a slower pace than the Premier League, and this may also suit Sturridge, with the fast-paced English top flight surely a factor in his consistent injury problems over the past few years. If Sturridge goes to Italy and scores goals, he will return to England a much-improved player.
Liverpool fans, let us know what you think!