With the latter stages of the 2016/17 Premier League season upon us, Klopp will be looking to offload some non-essential players to pave the way for new additions and Chris Best has identified three players who could be heading to Anfield in Daniel Sturridge’s place.
Daniel Sturridge has been on the tip of everyone’s tongues in recent months, but not for the right reasons. Whilst he may have set the Premier League alight in his early days as a Liverpool player, something doesn’t seem to be clicking under the new Klopp regime.
The Liverpool number 15 has 71 goals and 19 assists to his name in 179 appearances and his departure won’t be welcomed with open arms by many fans.
Sturridge seems to lack the audacity and fire to spark something special. Too many injuries also hindered his chances of becoming one of Liverpool’s greatest. Unless he proves himself in the back end of the season, his Liverpool career may be coming to an end.
With Sturridge possibly leaving, and only Divock Origi, Danny Ings, and Roberto Firmino to fend for his position, Klopp will most certainly be looking for replacements. I have taken the opportunity to outline of a few ideal replacements for Sturridge.
A man with lightning pace and a will to drive towards goal, Aubameyang would suit Klopp’s profile of “the ideal” striker best. With 100 goals in 165 games, he has certainly set the Bundesliga alight.
His loyalties still lie with Dortmund as he stated he will “100 percent” stay at the club until the end of the season. However, Klopp could be the pivotal factor in convincing him to join the Reds in the summer, as the similarities between the two clubs are in abundance.
Second on the radar is a player who has set the Ligue 1 on fire. The 25-year-old French striker has accumulated 23 goals and two assists in just 25 appearances, for Olympique Lyon.
Lacazette stated in an interview last week, that he is eager to leave the club this summer for a “progressive” new challenge. With no injury concerns and an eye for goal, Klopp could see Lacazette as the perfect fit for his team next season.
The only damper on this rather exciting prospect is the fact that Lyon are wanting a fee in the region of £40 million for his services.
The final man fit to fill Daniel Sturridge’s missing shooting boots is the young Spanish striker, Inaki Williams. The Spaniard is regarded as a pacey, direct forward who is versatile and can play across the front three.
However, this young prospect has a release clause of £42.5 million. With only two goals in 19 appearances in La Liga, this price may seem a bit too steep.
After analysing all three prospects, offloading Sturridge seems like the right thing to do, considering the vast amount of talent across Europe. Champions League football could play a massive role in Liverpool capturing the services of these three prospects, as all three of their respective clubs look set to miss out next season.
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