Liverpool round-up: Daniel Sturridge turned down No.9 shirt offer from Rodgers - Richard Keys

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Rodgers and Sturridge meeting

From the outside looking in Brendan Rodgers enjoyed a fairly amicable relationship with most of his Liverpool players during his Anfield tenure, but his reign was not without incident.

One of the biggest, that Richard Keys now claims to have knowledge on, involved Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge in the immediate aftermath of Luis Suarez’s exit.

Keys claims Rodgers offered Sturridge the coveted No.9 shirt and the chance to become the talisman moving forward.

Sturridge is said to have turned it down because he didn’t want the pressure. Rodgers was less than happy.

"This little story also bothers me. When Suarez left Liverpool Rodgers invited Sturridge to be his new talisman. He offered him the iconic No. 9 jersey and told him to 'lead from the front'," Keys wrote in his blog.

"Sturridge turned him down. I'm told he 'didn't want the pressure'. I believe that Rodgers lost patience with him, during the conversation in his office, right there and then. I would've done too.

"Klopp has questioned whether Sturridge knows the difference between 'pain' and 'real pain'. Clever. Very clever. Over to you Daniel. Do you want to be part of what's happening at Liverpool or not?"

Lucas on Klopp's Liverpool

In other news, Lucas Leiva believes Liverpool are taking good shape under Jurgen Klopp.

The Brazilian celebrated the fact that people are returning from injury and backed his side to win more games than they lose this term.

Think the Reds are credible title challengers this year? Let us know in the comments box below.

Here's how the table looks at the moment:

Subotic transfer links

Rounding us off nicely, one of Jurgen Klopp’s former players, Neven Subotic, has been linked with making an Anfield switch in the future.

It should come as no great surprise given the obvious link between the Borussia Dortmund star and his former mentor, with German publication Bild suggesting that Klopp isn’t entirely happy with his back-line at the moment.

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