Daniel Sturridge has shocked Liverpool by demanding a huge £80,000-a-week deal from the Merseyside club if he were to join them from Chelsea in January, suggests Mirror Football.
Sturridge seems to want out of Stamford Bridge in order to play regular first-team football and Liverpool have been admirers of him for a while now.
However, the England international has not exactly set the world alight in the last twelve months, and Brendan Rodgers will have to seriously consider whether he is good enough to be one of the club’s top-earners.
Sturridge also wants to play as a striker, and not a winger – so he is certainly demanding a lot from the Anfield club.
The ball is in Chelsea’s court though and as they do not have a great deal of attacking options, they may be reluctant to let a forward go in the transfer window.
He has now just scored five goals in the last year, form that is simply not good enough for a striker, even though he has spent a lot of time on the bench or out wide.
It would be a gamble from Liverpool if they were willing to pay Sturridge such big wages, but it may be a risk they are willing to take.