Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has raised the alarm that he could pursue a move away from the club after requesting advice from fans on how best to enhance his Spanish speaking skills. Are you watching Barcelona and Real Madrid?
Sturridge has been promoted to Liverpool’s leading centre-forward following the departure of the controversial Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona for £75 million, but perhaps harbours a desire to join his former strike partner at the Camp Nou.
The England international tweeted on Thursday: “Who knows of a spanish Tutor or wants to teach me? I know a little but not enough... Help a brother out!!!”
This is, of course, most likely an innocent post from Sturridge, who wants nothing more than to expand his knowledge. However, that did not prevent most of those to respond suggesting he is eyeing a transfer to La Liga.
Sturridge is, though, committed to Liverpool. Of that there is no doubt. He has performed superbly for the club since his arrival from Chelsea 18 months ago, and has thrived during this time spent at Anfield.
But it is this season that could be the making of him. With Suarez now gone, Sturridge becomes the leader of the Liverpool attack. Aged 24 and with a significant goal haul last season, he is certainly ready for the responsibility.
The imminent campaign will, though, produce a greater workload with Liverpool now returned to European competition, and Sturridge could do with the addition of more quality to both keep him on his toes and relieve the burden.
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More signings still needed
Rickie Lambert was signed before the sale of Suarez in order to offer something different in Liverpool’s attacking play, but the goalscoring department looks light with just the former Southampton man alongside Sturridge.
Liverpool have already pulled the plug on a deal for Loic Remy tried in an ambitious attempt to sign Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco, but they are running out of time to recruit another player before the deadline.
Brendan Rodgers does have at his disposal a number of creative midfielders who could play in a more advanced central role if it was required, but Liverpool really do need at least one more natural striker with experience of the Champions League.