According to Turkish news outlet A Spor (via The Daily Star), Besiktas are readying a £10 million move for Liverpool outcast Daniel Sturridge. The striker was shipped out on loan by Reds chief Jurgen Klopp back in January to underline his lowly position in the attacking pecking order, and if the Merseysiders were to indeed receive a bid to £10 million for the 28-year-old, they should absolutely let him leave this summer.
Ultimately, the England international has found things tricky at Anfield pretty much ever since Klopp took over back in October 2015, with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah, as well as former attacker Philippe Coutinho, often getting the nod ahead of the 28-year-old.
And given how many goals those four have scored in recent years – messrs Firmino, Mane, and Salah netted 91 times last season – it would take someone extremely special to dispose any of them from Klopp’s starting eleven, a level Sturridge simply isn’t at at this present time.
And with just nine Premier League appearances for the Reds last season, and only 20 the campaign before, it doesn’t look like the 28-year-old is going to command regular game time at Liverpool anytime soon – a move away appears to be in his best interests.
In fact, the Englishman was allowed to leave on loan to West Brom back in January given his lowly position in Klopp’s pecking order, although it was another frustrating few months for the forward given he managed just six appearances for the Baggies, failing to net in any of them.
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As such, that ill-fated time at the Hawthorns cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup, which itself should be the clearest indication yet that Sturridge simply has to get out of Liverpool for good in a bid to resurrect his flailing career.
And while £10 million may fall below the Reds’ valuation for the striker, that is still a sizeable amount of money for a player who hasn’t started many matches and scored many goals in the last few years.
As such, taking into account his seemingly never-ending injury issues and unlikelihood that he’ll be anywhere near Klopp’s first team this season, the Merseyside giants should absolutely cash in on the Englishman if Besiktas make a £10 million move.
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