Liverpool supporters have been pretty deflated in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side fail to break down a stubborn West Brom side in a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night, a result which saw them drop out of the Premier League’s top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Baggies off the back of successive home league draws, with the Reds conceding late goals against champions Chelsea and Merseyside rivals Everton to draw frustration from many of our resident Liverpudlians. And there was an air of disappointment among those supporters on Wednesday night as well as Alan Pardew’s West Brom produced a fine defensive effort to deservedly take a point from their visit to Anfield, which was enough to take them out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Subsequently, several Reds fans lining up at the bar have been in despondent mood in the last few hours, and are beginning to turn their attentions to the January transfer window and what business their side could look to conduct to improve the squad.
Yet one man who could be on his way out of the Merseyside giants is striker Daniel Sturridge, who has recently been linked with a surprise return to Chelsea in January.
The 28-year-old left Stamford Bridge for Liverpool back in 2013 and has since proven his worth to the Reds with 64 goals in 133 matches, but has struggled for regular football under Klopp since his appointment as manager back in October 2015.
And those difficulties have linked the England star with a return to West London in January, in a move which would be completely nonsensical from both a Liverpool and Sturridge point of view.
Ultimately, Klopp’s men are just four points behind Antonio Conte’s Blues in the Premier League table, and may well have to finish above the current champions to secure Champions League football next season, what with the Manchester duo expected, but by no means certain, to occupy at least two of the spots.
As such, the Reds aren’t going to want to strengthen their rivals by allowing Sturridge to join them in January as, although it isn’t quite working for him at Anfield, there’s no doubting his pedigree in front of goal, highlighted by his return of 75 goals in just 194 Premier League games.
And in a Chelsea side with the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, amongst others, just behind the main man, the 28-year-old is going to get ample chances to bag the goals necessary to fire the Blues back to a top four finish, and perhaps himself into England contention.
However, it’s also a move fraught with danger given the form Alvaro Morata has shown this term, and although he isn’t quite 100% fit at the moment, one senses that if he is fully fit, he’d be Conte’s first choice striker even if Sturridge was in his ranks as well.
Thus, the 28-year-old may not actually get the first team football he requires and indeed desires in the second half of the campaign, both to kickstart his club career, and increase his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s final 23-man England squad for Russia in the summer.
As a result, it’s a move which both Liverpool and the £18 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) cannot entertain in January.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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