Southampton supporters have been slightly more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team produced a much-improved display to draw 1-1 at home to Champions League-chasing Tottenham on Sunday.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their clash with the North London outfit having failed to win any of their preceding ten Premier League matches, picking up just five points out of possible 30 to slip into the division’s bottom three. And although they were unable to end that miserable run on Sunday, the Saints were significantly better and deservedly earned a point from proceedings, with Davinson Sanchez’s own goal giving them an early lead only for Harry Kane to equalise just three minutes later.
Nonetheless, there have been some satisfied Saints fans in the Tavern in recent times, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from Yahoo Sports, which suggests that the South Coast outfit have had a move for ‘marquee’ signing Daniel Sturridge ‘blocked’ by Liverpool.
The 28-year-old has struggled for regular football under Jurgen Klopp this season, which appears to be hindering his chances of making the World Cup in the summer given he was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad.
As such, things need to change for the striker soon if he is to make the final 23-man squad, yet the situation is unlikely to alter at Anfield to suggest that a move away this month is in his best interests.
And Southampton were reportedly one side to make a move for the England star, yet recent reports suggest that the Saints have had a loan move ‘blocked’ by the Merseyside giants, thus all but ending their attempts of landing their ‘marquee’ deal of the January window.
And this setback is likely to frustrate manager Pellegrino and the club’s supporters, with the side clearly in need of attacking reinforcements with little over a week to go in the window.
Landlord’s verdict: Daniel Sturridge has found things tricky at Liverpool ever since Jurgen Klopp took over in 2015, but this season will be of particular concern given there is a World Cup to come this summer.
Thus, the 28-year-old will need regular football in the second half of the season, which is unlikely to happen at Anfield yet may well have happened at Southampton, who have reportedly made a move for the striker.
However, their advances have been ‘blocked’ by the Reds hierarchy, in news which is likely to come as a big blow to Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino, who will be well aware of the need to bring attacking reinforcements into the club between now and January 31.
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