According to The Daily Mail, Liverpool will be demanding £40 million of any club that wants to sign Daniel Sturridge this summer.
Okay, haha. I almost snorted my cornflakes reading this one. There are few transfer stories that can make a man inhale crunchy cereal but considering the circumstances, you can understand why my nasal passage is slightly raw.
I mean, let’s be serious here. Sturridge has only started five Premier League games this season in and amongst his injuries. For a man who scored 21 goals in a single season in the 13/14 campaign, his dire return of just two this time round is something Jürgen Klopp will be well aware of.
How could Liverpool realistically demand £40 million for a player who is perennially injured?
In an ideal world, Liverpool would sell Sturridge for £40 million and then spend that on a player like Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, who is looking for a summer move.
But this isn’t an ideal world we live in.
It seems far more realistic that Liverpool will sell Sturridge for £25 million and then sign RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. While the German is certainly a good forward, he is nothing on Lacazette and wouldn’t transform Liverpool’s front line in the same way.
That being said, given the complete lack of options at Klopp’s disposal after one or two injuries, Werner would go a long way to adding some depth up front.
The Daily Mail claim that with there likely to be plenty of clubs interested in Sturridge this summer, Liverpool will hold out until their £40 million valuation is met.
Personally, I think there is a better chance of hell freezing over.
Liverpool play Watford tomorrow night and Klopp is assessing whether or not Daniel Sturridge will be fit to play. Having returned to training, the pair are in contention to feature at Vicarage Road.
“We have to see,” Jürgen Klopp told the press. “He played twice and then had a little setback. Now he is back in training. I have to see how they look on the pitch but it’s good to have them back.”