The Liverpool fans were toasting their side’s victory in the Transfer Tavern on Saturday after an impressive 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side showed little signs of rustiness following a two-week international break on Saturday afternoon, as they cruised to their third straight Premier League victory for the first time this season. The performance of Mohamed Salah deservedly stole all the headlines for Liverpool after the Egyptian made it nine goals in his opening 12 games for the club – the best ever goal-scoring return after 12 matches from a new Liverpool signing.
Whilst Salah has stolen the show for Liverpool this season, Daniel Sturridge, who was the club’s talisman once upon a time, has struggled to make his mark in the team.
The 28-year-old was an unused substitute for the second match running on Saturday afternoon, and his lack of involvement will concern the England striker with a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad hanging in the balance.
And reports emerging in The Daily Mirror last night claim Sturridge will seek a transfer away from Anfield in January to acquire first team football, and thus salvage his World Cup dreams.
A move away from Merseyside would certainly be in Sturridge’s best interests in January, given that he has managed to complete 90 minutes in just one league appearance this season.
Since Klopp took over at Anfield, Sturridge has rarely enjoyed a run of games in the side or been deployed in a role that naturally suits his ability to play off the shoulder of the last defender. The Liverpool manager’s current preference to play with a false-nine is particularly damning for the England striker.
However, his decline at Anfield in the last three years has also been as a result of his unfortunate battle with injuries.
Since the 2013/2014 season, injuries have plagued his career and he has desperately struggled for match fitness following his recovery from those said injuries because of a lack of regular gametime. For example, last season Sturridge’s record of 20 appearances was the highest number he recorded since the 2013/14 season, but only seven of those were from the outset.
The injury problems he has encountered, combined with a battle for match fitness and Klopp’s unfamiliar tactical system have sadly caused Sturridge’s career to decline in recent seasons.
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