Liverpool Football Club won’t sell Daniel Sturridge this summer due to how expensive it would be to find a proper replacement.
It’s an unusual situation that Daniel Sturridge finds himself in at Liverpool Football Club.
The 27-year old has gone from being the club’s main man after an impressive 2013/14 campaign that saw him score 25 goals and assist nine in 33 appearances, to being an entirely peripheral figure who doesn’t feature as part of Klopp’s first-choice XI.
Across the entirety of 2016/17, Sturridge made only 25 appearances for the Reds with just 11 coming as a starter. He still managed to register seven goals and three assists but looked a shadow of his former self.
However, despite this, the striker has been spending his summer following a fitness program in Los Angeles in a bid to avoid any further repetitions of the hip problem that has plagued him in recent times.
The Mirror claim that only a “mammoth offer” will tempt Klopp to sell the striker as they would find it too hard to replace his presence in the squad.
“The German believes that any money received for Sturridge would be dwarfed by the amount it would cost to bring in another forward of similar quality,” writes Neil Moxley.
Moxley claims that there has been “masses of interest” in the Englishman’s current situation but only Paris Saint-Germain – who were believed to be in for his signature in January – and West Ham are named.
Despite being reduced to a bit-part role last campaign, Sturridge still boasts a goal every other game ratio for the Reds and remains Liverpool’s best natural finisher.
He may not have managed the same impressive numbers in his returns last season, but still managed to score a goal once every 170 minutes of football in which he featured.
To try and replace Sturridge with a striker of the same capabilities would see the Reds have to shell out another huge price tag and with £70m moves for van Dijk and Keïta already being targeted, this is evidently not something Klopp is interested in.
If the striker can remain fit for the majority of next campaign, he could still have an important role to play.