After selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a whopping £142m earlier this month, Liverpool are preparing themselves for the departure of another Anfield favorite as striker Daniel Sturridge has informed Jurgen Klopp and the club’s hierarchy of his desire to leave the club in January so as to keep his World Cup dream alive.
After suffering from multiple injuries over the last 3 seasons at the club, Sturridge has been critically short of the form that he produced in the successful 2013/14 season and has eventually been reduced to a bit-part role at the club, with both Roberto Firmino and Dominic Solanke above him in the pecking order.
After Sturridge’s admission that he wants to leave the club in the current window, reports have emerged that Liverpool are also ready to offload the striker but are holding for a fee in the region of £30m for the England international. Jurgen Klopp remains keen for Sturridge to stay for the rest of the season but will grant him his wish if Liverpool receive an offer which they believe matches his value in the current market.
As things stand, the Merseysiders have made it clear that the 28-year-old frontman is not available for a loan deal but will only be allowed to leave the club on a permanent transfer. Premier League clubs Southampton and West Ham have both been linked with the former Chelsea striker.
Sturridge recently returned to full training for the club after recovering from a hamstring injury and hasn’t featured for Liverpool since their Champions League win over Russian side Spartak Moscow on December 6. The striker has only made five starts for the Reds this season, with manager Jurgen Klopp favouring Roberto Firmino in the central attacking role.