Daniel Sturridge has told Liverpool that he would like a move to Sevilla before the winter transfer window closes after the Reds rejected a loan offer from the La Liga outfit.
The Englishman has only made five starts in the league this season and although he has been injured, even when he is fit and available, Jurgen Klopp prefers a front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
With the World Cup in Russia just months away, Sturridge needs to prove his fitness to Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate and his best chance of doing so is to go on loan this month with both Inter Milan and Sevilla interested.
The former has submitted a more enticing offer to Liverpool while the latter are yet to meet Liverpool’s demands but Sturridge’s preference is to join Sevilla.
Liverpool, according to Dominic King, would prefer to sell the Englishman permanently this window but there hasn’t been an overwhelming number of offers in that regard with loan to buy seemingly the best deal for the Reds at the moment.
The reason for Sturridge wanting to move to Spain is that he feels his best chance of securing a place in England’s squad for the World Cup would come playing in La Liga as opposed to Serie A.
Sevilla, by extension, need to sign a forward like Sturridge as they have only scored 26 goals in 20 league fixtures. The 28-year-old is a clinical striker when fit and well and that has been his biggest issue over the years as injury has meant he has struggled to nail down a place in the starting XI under Klopp.
It’s undeniable that Sturridge is a classy player, as evidenced by his end to the 2016/17 season. He scored a great goal against West Ham in the Reds’ penultimate game of the season at the London Stadium to help Liverpool qualify for the Champions League.
He earned himself a last hurrah at Anfield with his form at the back end of last season but with injuries still plaguing him on and off, Klopp is keen to move him on and I hope he has plans to replace him as soon as he does.
If he doesn’t, we could be facing a nervy end to the season if one of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino or Sadio Mane gets injured.