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Daniel Sturridge has to leave Liverpool in January

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 30 Dec 2017

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge seems to be at a crossroads in his career at Anfield. The 28-year-old no doubt has the ability to score goals in the Premier League.

However, the former Chelsea striker has virtually no chance of cementing a first-team spot in the Liverpool team. One of the main reasons is that he really is not Jurgen Klopp’s cup of tea as a striker.

Current first-choice Roberto Firmino is a more Klopp-like player and is bang in form in front of goal. Sturridge is not going to be selected ahead of the Brazilian or any of the Reds so-called ‘fab four’.

Frustrated by lack of football

Reportedly, Sturridge is frustrated at being sidelined and wants to move on in next month’s transfer window. He needs to either move on a permanent or loan basis. However, the Merseysiders are reportedly unwilling to allow the striker to leave on a temporary move. Sturridge has 18 months left on his contract at Liverpool.

Sturridge’s Liverpool career has been interrupted at times due to injury. However, when the 28-year-old striker is fit and sharp he is very good in front of goal.

Daniel Sturridge is just unfortunate that Klopp does not fancy him as the main striker. The fact that he has made just five starts and four substitutes this season shows why the striker would want to leave the club.

The striker will still be hoping to make England’s squad for next year’s World Cup in Russia. However, Sturridge will struggle to get anywhere near Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad without playing regular first-team football. Sturridge is now odds of 7/2 to make Southgate’s England squad.

Interest from Southampton

According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton are interested in signing the striker. The Saints want to sign him on loan, but the Reds hierarchy are not entertaining any loan offers.

The Mirror reports claims that Southampton have been put off by a £25million price tag. Surely the south coast club can afford to pay that sort of money for the striker after selling centre-back Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75million.

Southampton have lost star striker Charlie Austin for two months due to a hamstring injury. Boss Mauricio Pellegrino has to spend money to strengthen his squad in January.

Buying a new striker must be the Saints priority in January, as Manolo Gabbiadini has struggled to match his early impact with the south coast club.

Stoke City are also reported to be interested in signing Sturridge. However, the Potters are unlikely to meet the reported asking price. The club from Staffordshire could also make a loan move for Sturridge’s teammate Danny Ings, which could stand in the way of any move for the forward.

Must leave for the sake of his career

Daniel Sturridge has experienced mixed fortunes at Liverpool. He has at times looked like a world-class striker. However, the constant injury problems and doubts over his mental strength.

If the 28-year-old can stay fit and injury-free, then he will score goals on a regular basis in the Premier League. If he is fit and ready to play he is a good enough striker to play for the majority of clubs in the top-flight.

A fit Daniel Sturridge is wasted sitting on the Liverpool substitute’s bench. The striker has not made the most of his career. At his age, Sturridge needs to move on for the sake of his career.

Whether the striker gets his move in the January transfer window is unclear. However, Sturridge needs to move on in an effort to resurrect his football career.

Will Daniel Sturridge move on in the January transfer window?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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