Daniel Sturridge needs a transfer away from Liverpool, whether that be permanently or on loan. The striker has been linked to a number of clubs in recent weeks and there hasn’t been a shortage of interest in previous windows either. Despite this, he has remained at Anfield and that has hindered both his domestic and international careers. There was a time when the England international was regarded as one of the best goal-scorers in the Premier League. A few seasons ago he would have been on one of the first pages of a Liverpool Winner sportsbook such was his importance to the side.
The Reds were at their rampant best when they had Luis Suarez playing alongside Sturridge during the Brendan Rodgers era. Since then, one of the pair has gone on to become one of the world’s greatest players, while the other has stagnated in the North West.
There are occasions when Sturridge doesn’t even make the matchday squad for Liverpool and that underlines his low squad status under Jurgen Klopp. Although it was feared that he wouldn’t fit into the German’s style, his downfall remains a remarkable one. It seems incredible that the striker starts the World Cup year as an afterthought when it comes to discussing possible England squads for the summer. Less than two years ago, he was scoring the winner against Wales at Euro 2016 and now he looks to be facing an uphill battle to even make the plane. The next five months are going to shape the next stage of his career and it is simple: he needs to leave Anfield.
This season has been a tough one for Sturridge, especially as he hasn’t suffered any major injuries. He has started only five times in the Premier League and been a supporting actor to the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Even after the departure of Coutinho, there haven’t been many Liverpool supporters that see this as a chance for the striker to return to the team. The problem seems to be that he doesn’t work hard enough for Klopp and starting with him hinders the build-up play due to his lack of movement in comparison to the other attackers in the squad.
Since the 2013/14 season that saw Liverpool come close to winning the title, Sturridge has only started 30 times in the Premier League and scored 17 times. Although his goal-scoring remains decent despite a lack of playing time, the rest of his game hasn’t clicked. Injuries are a large reason for his inability to refind the form he showed early in his Reds’ career. His talent remains unquestioned, but he isn’t getting the chance to show it on a regular basis.
ESPN reported that Liverpool would prefer to let Daniel Sturridge leave than Danny Ings, who is another striker that has a lot of interest in him. Southampton and Newcastle United have both been linked to the former in recent days, with both representing attractive moves for differing reasons. However, both clubs would be able to offer regular first-team football to the striker and for that reason, either would be a good destination for him.
It does seem like we are reaching the end game with Sturridge at Liverpool. The rumours appear to have more substance to them and his willingness to move is increasing by the game, as he continues to be left out of squads. A mid-table Premier League side may be regarded as beneath his talent level, but he needs to remind the nation of his ability. For this reason, a loan move would be best for him. He would get the opportunity to play regularly, try to make the World Cup squad and reassess his future in the summer.