Three seasons ago, Daniel Sturridge’s goals almost helped Liverpool win their first league title since 1990.
Sturridge formed a formidable partnership with Luis Suarez and notched 21 league goals in 29 matches as Liverpool were narrowly pipped to the title by Manchester City.
Since then, though, the forward has had a difficult time at Anfield.
Numerous injury problems have restricted Sturridge to only a handful of starts in the previous two seasons as his career has taken a turn for the worse.
But, it’s not injuries that are preventing Sturridge from first-team football this season. Instead, Jurgen Klopp appears to have settled on a combination of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, with Sturridge having the make do with a place on the bench.
A player of Sturridge’s quality simply doesn’t belong on the bench, and it seems he’s realised that.
That’s because, according to the Mirror, Sturridge is ready to sensationally quit Liverpool.
The report claims that he is growing frustrated at slipping down the pecking order and could even leave in the January transfer window.
As expected, there are plenty of clubs interesting in Sturridge’s signature after being made aware of his desire to leave.
Both West Ham and Stoke are among the clubs keen on the former Chelsea striker, who is earning £120,000-per-week at Anfield.
It’s also believed that Liverpool will want around £28 million for the player, who has scored four goals this season - all of which have come in the EFL Cup.
The reason for Klopp preferring Firmino or Divock Origi is because the German may believe they are more of a ‘team player’ than Sturridge. Although he is more than happy to work hard for his side, Klopp’s high-pressing demands certainly don’t come naturally to Sturridge.
Southgate defends Sturridge
This week, interim England boss Gareth Southgate had to come out and defend his forward with many branding him as selfish.
“He is a goal-scorer, a talented player and his mentality to working with us has been excellent,” he said.
“Every striker has a slightly different way of playing and he has some brilliant footwork.
"He likes to drop into different areas of the field. He works for the team, he wants to be part of the team.
"All goal-scorers are slightly individual but I don’t see any more of that [selfishness] in Daniel than any other forward.”
Liverpool supporters will no doubt be bitterly disappointed if the club allow Sturridge to leave in the upcoming transfer windows but you can't blame the player for wanting first-team football. However, he could still play a very important role as Klopp's side look set to challenge for the title and may well score some crucial goals in this league campaign.
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