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28 Apr 2017

Signing Soon? Boss hints at deal with 'Liverpool' for 'unbelievable' £30m goal-machine

Daniel Sturridge is seemingly nailed-on to quit Liverpool this summer, and it looks like London may be a possible destination for the endlessly injured striker.

Last month, Sky Sports claimed:

"West Ham are planning to sell Andy Carroll in the summer and replace him with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge".

When asked on Thursday about the possibility of a transfer this summer, Hammers' boss Slaven Bilic hailed Sturridge as an 'unbelievable', and hinted at interest in sealing a deal:

"I watched Stoke against Liverpool the other day, and with a couple of passes, he broke their defence. When he is on fire he is a great player. Is he the sort of striker we would look at? We are going to see. We have our list of strikers."

Sturridge's gross unreliability is a major reason for the decline of his Liverpool career, but Jurgen Klopp's manifest lack of faith in him is arguably a huge contributing factor.

It can be massively demotivating knowing that the manager doesn't rate you and/or is unwilling to build a team around you even when you're 100% fit. My theory is that, subconsciously, Sturridge is checked-out, and that has led a lower level of application and/or desire to get fit and/or maintain fitness.

Sturridge is a professional, but he's also human, and in my view, he's treading water until he can leave the club, and if he signs for West Ham this summer, I fully expect a major resurgence next season.

Having the faith and respect of the manager can make a massive difference, and Adam Lallana is a prime example of this. Irrespective of performance levels, Klopp plays him in every single game, and allows him to play his way into form. That breeds confidence, and ultimately, improved performance.

If Sturridge receives similar treatment from Bilic (or another manager) then he will undoubtedly thrives, just as he did under Brendan Rodgers.

^ Sturridge: £30m-rated..



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