It is the penultimate day of the January transfer window and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked as a potential alternative to Daniel Sturridge.
The Sunday Mirror, via the Liverpool Echo, report that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams are set to join Liverpool. This claim is predicated on the belief that Jürgen Klopp has become frustrated with Daniel Sturridge and is certain to sell him in the summer.
Aubameyang is valued at £70 million and would almost definitely require Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group to ditch their net profit in order to sign him and Inaki Williams would cost up to £40 million.
So, you tell me: can you imagine the notoriously stingy FSG to spend over £100 million on two players? Or rather, can you even imagine Klopp wanting such transfers after the way he slammed the signing of Paul Pogba for £89 million last summer.
What interests me far more is the assertion that Daniel Sturridge’s fate is all but sealed. The English forward has had some brilliant moments in red, but they have been limited and less common than his injury woes which seemed to have sapped him of the pace which made him such an efficient striker.
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Sturridge has seen little regular football when Klopp has had a full squad and with the return of Philippe Coutinho from injury and Sadio Mané from the Africa Cup of Nations, the expectation is that Sturridge will have his spot on the bench once more.
As much as the current situation is frustrating for Liverpool board members, coaches and fans, just imagine the mindset of a player that has gone from one of the most clinical forwards in England to playing second fiddle to an attacking midfielder in the space of three injury-ridden years.
I hate to say it but Daniel Sturridge is likely to want to leave this summer. If not to find regular game time then perhaps as a way to turn to a blank page and begin anew. West Ham and several Chinese super clubs have been reported as being interested in the former Chelsea man. So, should the club receive an acceptable bid for him in the summer, he might be off.