With the January transfer window a difficult time to find quality replacements, it’s unlikely that both Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings will be allowed to leave.
Two English strikers, both not first choice and rumoured to be wanting away from Anfield for different reasons. Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings look like their long-term futures lie away from Liverpool as the January transfer window is set to open.
Whilst each player has been linked with a move away, it’s difficult to see Jurgen Klopp sanctioning both departures this campaign.
Two years ago, the departure of Daniel Sturridge would have been met with uproar by Reds everywhere. Constant injuries appear to have robbed the 28-year-old of his pace and he may be a player that many look at as what could have been.
The England international has been linked with a £25 million move to Southampton, with various media outlets reporting that Jurgen Klopp isn’t prepared to consider a loan move for the player.
In a World Cup year, Sturridge needs to be playing when he’s fit if he wants to make the plane to Russia. With Firmino clearly now established as Klopp’s first choice number nine, he’s been restricted to just 514 minutes all campaign. During that time, Sturridge has still managed to notch three goals and contribute three assists which may explain Klopp’s reluctance. Teams that are challenging need a strong squad and there seem to be few more valuable substitutes in the Premier League.
Danny Ings has little to no chance of making England’s World Cup squad and his aspirations are different to those of Sturridge. The former Burnley man has seen two major injuries put pay to a promising start at Anfield and has spent the current campaign looking to regain his fitness. Playing in the Premier League U23 division isn’t going to give the 25-year-old what he needs though and Klopp appears willing to sanction a loan move.
Stoke, West Brom and Newcastle are just a few of the clubs linked with Ings and it’s hard to believe there wouldn’t be others interested in acquiring the player on loan. It’s a move that would benefit all parties as Ings looks unlikely to get the minutes he needs and wants at Anfield, whilst it gives him a chance to get back to his previous form and protect the value of Liverpool’s asset.
Dominic Solanke has shown flashes of real ability but is still yet to notch his first Liverpool goal, whilst Roberto Firmino can’t play every game. It’s hard to see Jurgen Klopp willing to let two players in the same position depart as quality replacements are difficult to come by at this time of the year. The manager has made it clear that it’s Liverpool’s interests that will be put before anything else. A departure for Ings or Sturridge is to be expected, not both.