The Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern can’t stop waxing poetic about the nature of Jurgen Klopp’s ferocious attack on Merseyside right now. Indeed, while defensive frailty may still be afoot, few would doubt their quality going forward.
Mo Salah’s arrival from Roma over the course of the summer delighted our local Liverpudlians, who believe he tops off one of the best attacking tridents in Europe, alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Throw in Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana for good measure and our resident Reds really are in dreamland.
Having said that, spare a thought for Daniel Sturridge. Injury problems for well over 2 years now have all but stopped his career in its tracks and, according to the Sun, the 27-year-old could be forced into the proverbial international wilderness now as well.
They claim Gareth Southgate is ‘happy’ with his decision to axe the Liverpool marksman from his most recent squad as the likes of Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Tammy Abraham make their marks on the Three Lions’ striking front.
Just four years ago, Sturridge was coming off the season of his life at club level and England’s most important in Brazil, so it’s hard for our local Kopites to stomach.
It’s hard to blame Southgate, such is the nature of Sturridge’s last few years. He just can’t buy a run of games and the emergence of more reliable options in the years between the World Cup and this one has left him behind.
A shame considering his natural talent, though a trip to Russia seems a touch out of sight for the former Chelsea man right now.
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