Liverpool rejected a loan bid for Daniel Sturridge from PSG in January as the club couldn’t afford to have an even slimmer squad.
According to Goal’s Melissa Reddy in conjunction with her Paris-based colleague Loic Tanzi, PSG were keen on signing Sturridge to complement Edinson Cavani. Unai Emery, who witnessed Sturridge’s firs-rate goal in the Europa League final as Sevilla manager, was keen on taking the Englishman to France.
PSG knew that Liverpool had responded negatively to their approach so they didn’t bother with an approach for personal terms. “Jurgen Klopp was loath to lose Sturridge or any of his other first-team players mid-season,” according to Melissa Reddy and given the issue Liverpool have had with squad depth, it’s easy to see why.
Despite not listening to offers for Sturridge in January, it’s widely believed that the number 15 will be playing his last games for the club this season it likely for him to depart in the summer.
Sturridge has started a measly nine games in all competitions this season, highlighting his lack of importance to Liverpool under Klopp.
Liverpool have a need to find a genuine centre-forward instead of using Roberto Firmino as a makeshift striker. With players like Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available this summer, it’s imperative that Liverpool find a striker of note to lead the line for them.
Manchester United and Spurs are great examples of the importance of an authentic, world-class number nine. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Harry Kane regularly rescue their respective teams where Liverpool suffer for their abundance of midifielders and lack of quality strikers.
Sturridge aside, there isn’t a striker in Liverpool’s team that has ever scored 20 goals in a league season and even then, Sturridge has done it just the once. Danny Ings has, but that was in the Championship and he is out injured and unlikely to feature until next season.
A striker that can score 20 goals in a Premier League season can help transform a team. Liverpool need this more than most but it won’t come cheap and this is where I feel the club’s owners will let Liverpool down. Forking out £50 million, while seemingly preposterous can be rewarding in the Champions League or if you win the Premier League.
Will it happen? I doubt it. Do I want it to? More than anything.