Liverpool are prepared to sell Daniel Sturridge if they receive an offer they believe to be reflective of his value – a bid of £30 million would suffice.
There is no question that Sturridge’s career at Liverpool has been difficult and blighted by injury but all supporters remember the quality he showed in the 2013/14 season when the Reds came so close to winning the Premier League title for the first time.
The famed partnership with Luis Suarez, which aptly earned the nickname ‘SAS’, will forever be etched into the memories of Liverpool supporters. Unfortunately, however, his undeniable talent has been overshadowed by his horrendous injury record.
And now, according to the Liverpool ECHO’s James Pearce, Sturridge has asked to leave the club, with offers of around £30 million the benchmark that Liverpool are ready to sell the Englishman at.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia looming large on the horizon, Daniel Sturridge finds himself in a position where he is not playing enough to be selected by Three Lions’ coach Gareth Southgate.
As such, Sturridge has asked to leave in order to play enough and prove his fitness and form to the England National Team so as to better his chances of going to the World Cup.
It’s a fair request and Liverpool are prepared to sell him if a bid comes in that matches the club’s valuation of him. According to James Pearce, £30 million is what will be demanded of clubs trying to sign him.
Although Liverpool are open to the idea of selling him this month, a 6-month loan deal will not be considered as there is nothing to gain from it for the club. That said, if a permanent deal can’t be agreed by the end of the window, a loan will be considered if a “hefty loan fee” is offered.
Klopp has favoured Roberto Firmino as his number nine since he took over as Liverpool coach in 2015 and his 16 goals this season are proof of why the boss has placed his trust in him.
For Sturridge, I hope he can find full fitness and either receive game time at Liverpool to get to the World Cup or otherwise, I bid him farewell after an enjoyable 5 years at the club since his £12 million transfer from Chelsea in 2013.