Liverpool enter race for Chelsea striker

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Liverpool are reportedly ready to go head to head with Manchester City for Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge this summer, reports the Daily Star.

Sturridge’s future has been the subject of much speculation since contract talks between the 22-year-old and Chelsea stalled, with Manchester City said to be hopeful of luring Sturridge back to the Etihad Stadium three years after he left.

Sturridge enjoyed a mixed season last time round, breaking into the Chelsea first team and scoring 11 league goals, but was also forced to play out of position for much of the campaign while he was dropped by interim manager Roberto di Matteo for both games against Barcelona in the Champions League as well as the final against Bayern Munich.

Sturridge admitted earlier this month that he was frustrated to miss out on much of the second half of the season and said he will decide upon his future when the next full-time Blues boss is confirmed, with Di Matteo rumoured to be closing in landing the job.

That could have an impact on Sturridge’s decision and Liverpool are now ready to throw their hat in to the ring for his services, with the Daily Star reporting that the Reds are preparing to launch a £15 million bid for him.

With Dirk Kuyt leaving the club, new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be keen on acting quickly to secure a replacement forward, and has identified Sturridge as the right man.

Kuyt played much of last season in a wider position in a similar manner to Sturridge, who insists that he wants to be deployed in a more central role, something that could prove an obstacle in any deal.

However a move to Liverpool may represent his best chance of playing regular football, with Chelsea’s big spending and Manchester City’s lavish squad both standing in his way.

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