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12 May 2017

'Signing' Soon? Murphy claims Liverpool could seal transfer for 'unbelievable' £40m goal-machine 'if' striker 'leaves'

Ex-Red Danny Murphy believes that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may be two games away from ending his Anfield career.

In his column for the Evening Standard today, Murphy hailed Sturridge as 'one of the best finishers in England', and insisted that it's in his 'best interests' to quit Liverpool this summer. He explained:

"Sturridge will not play regularly for Liverpool to get the fitness and consistency he needs, and I can see West Ham signing him if Andy Carroll leaves the club".

Last month, Sky Sports claimed that West Ham are planning to sell Andy Carroll and replace him with Sturridge', and when asked about the report, Hammers' boss Slaven Bilic told reporters:

"Sturridge is unbelievable when he's fit. 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 is reportedly interested in signing for West Ham, and if that's the case, he'll be hoping to start Sunday's game so he can put himself in the shop window.

In my view, starting Sturridge is a no-brainer; he should've been in the starting lineup for Southampton, but Klopp, in his infinite stubbornness, selected the increasingly ineffective Origi instead.

Of course, that's hardly surprising; Origi is a compliant, subservient player who Klopp can easily control; Sturridge, to his detriment, has a bit of personality, so even when he's fit, Klopp will (as he has many times this season) overlook him.

I'm sure that'll be the case this Sunday, too. Origi will get the starting nod again, despite his poor performance against Southampton. If, however, Sturridge does start, he could end up sealing a move to West Ham by scoring a goal that beats them on the day. As Jimmy Greaves once said: 'Football - it's a funny old game'.

* Sturridge: £40m-rated.



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