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Liverpool are reportedly ready to sell striker Daniel Sturridge this month if they can attract a £30 million offer, with Southampton and West Ham United understood to be among his Premier League suitors.
Sturridge is open to leaving in January as he seeks to get regular football and win back his place in England’s squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reported James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo.
According to that report, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is eager to keep the striker, and the club will only accept a permanent deal if he’s to depart, although they’d consider a loan later in January if they were to receive a “hefty” loan offer.
Sturridge hasn’t featured in the Premier League since starting in November’s 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea, and Goal recently broke down his prospects coming into the winter transfer window:
Where will Daniel Sturridge be playing his football for the rest of the campaign, and more importantly next season? 🤔 https://t.co/xk4dHhQpkz
The forward has a deal running to the end of the 2018-19 season, and the Merseysiders may be wise to cash in now and maximise the fee they can get for a player who missed 11 games last season due to five separate injuries, per Transfermarkt.
That’s not to say Sturridge isn’t a valuable asset when at his best, however, and The Times recently illustrated how his prolific start at Anfield is trumped only by a certain other mercurial talisman:
Times Sport @TimesSport
Mo Salah has reached 23 goals for Liverpool faster than any other player in the club’s history – two games fewer than Sturridge and four fewer than Torres #lfc @LFC https://t.co/OUTA3U85gd
Klopp has taken to utilising Roberto Firmino more in a central role since Sturridge’s injuries offered the Brazilian a route into the lineup, and the Englishman doesn’t look like winning his place back anytime soon.
Philippe Coutinho has departed for Barcelona, but Liverpool’s front three of Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane remains one of the most intimidating in the Premier League—or all of club football, for that matter.
Sky Sports’ Aaron Fowler cited a report from Sky in Italy, which said Serie A giants Inter Milan are also interested in the player, although BT Sport commentator Adam Summerton has shut down that notion:
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Keep reading these Sturridge/Inter stories and can’t fathom at all, seems to make little sense, would be very surprised if it happened #LFC #FCIM
Liverpool appear unwilling to budge on their valuation of the forward, which Pearce said the club feels is fair, but Sturridge could be staring at more time on the bench if he’s unable to attract the right interest.