The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern remain distraught by their result last weekend in the Merseyside derby.
Everton claimed a genuine smash a grab point against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon after spending the majority of proceedings camped in their own half, much to the annoyance of The Reds faithful propping up the bar. Liverpool dominated the fixture throughout in a derby that lacked the usual bite and intensity that typically characterises clashes between the two clubs. One of the major talking points of the afternoon was Jurgen Klopp’s team-selection after he left out Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can from his starting line-up.
One of the less high-profile omissions from Klopp’s first-team was the absence of Daniel Sturridge, who didn’t even make the squad due to a hamstring injury.
The England international has been nothing more than a bit-part player this season, and his lack of involvement could force him out of Anfield in January, as The Daily Mail report both Real Betis and Valencia are plotting moves to bring the Liverpool outcast to La Liga in the coming weeks.
Sturridge has never been too far away from speculation linking him with a move away from Anfield this season, with his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Russia 2018 proving to be a recurring theme in these reports.
But discussion of the England World Cup squad seems rather futile during a period of time when he is struggling to force his way into Liverpool’s first-team squad.
First and foremost, Sturridge’s primary concern should be to salvage his flailing club career with a transfer to a club where he will be handed a greater opportunity to play regular first-team football.
Naturally, Sturridge will be desperately hoping to force his way into the England squad ahead of the World Cup next summer, but he needs to take things step by step and become a first-team regular in one of Europe’s top-flight leagues before he can dream of being selected for Russia 2018.