Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has reportedly accepted that he isn’t wanted by Jurgen Klopp and will leave the club in January.
The England striker has not completed 90 minutes in the Premier League and made just four Premier League starts so far this season and according to the Daily Mirror the striker wants to move away from the club to get the regular first-team action, with a number of clubs made aware of his situation.
The 27-year-old is without a goal in eight Premier League appearances this season but has scored four goals in two EFL Cup appearances. The Striker has scored 57 goals in 102 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions which is pretty impressive.
Stoke City and West Ham United are both interested in securing Sturridge’s services, with a tug-of-war likely to ensue in 2017.The Hammers, in particular, are desperate for a high-class marksman as they are struggling for goals. Mark Hughes’s team also secured a loan move for Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony but the Ivorian has failed to impress the Potters till now. It is reported that the Reds have put a price tag of £28million on him.
The 27-year-old – who scored in the Three Lions’ Wembley win over Scotland last Friday – has claimed he is happy to fight for his place. But Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi are ahead of him, and both men are seen by Klopp as better suited to his style of play.
The English striker also defended himself against the recent accusation of his selfish display in the field.
Interim England boss Gareth Southgate has backed Sturridge and claimed that he is a team player after their comprehensive 3-0 win against Scotland.
Southgate said: “He is a goalscorer, a talented player and his mentality to working with us has been excellent.
“He works for the team, he wants to be part of the team. All goalscorers are slightly individual but I don’t see any more of that in Daniel than any other forward.”
Liverpool are scoring goals without the help of Sturridge in the league but for a long run and squad backup, the Englishman can be useful. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool have a replacement in mind as they won’t want to be left short of options in terms of their title challenge this season.