1 Mar 2017

Deal Close: Liverpool to hold talks with 'phenomenal' £30m attacker; Klopp confirms 'decision' is near

After another season of frustration, the end appears to be nigh for one of Liverpool's most 'phenomenal' players.

According to The Independent:

"Daniel Sturridge is set for crunch talks with Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season, with the Liverpool striker's departure appearing increasingly likely".

Klopp confirmed this week that he will 'speak' with Sturridge at the end of the season:

“We have to bring him [Sturridge] back to the best shape possible and then...we will make a decision at the end of the season. A lot of things will influence this and we can speak about it when it is time.”

When asked recently about Sturridge's future, ex-Red Jamie Redknapp also insisted that Sturridge's has to 'start playing better' or his 'days will be numbered'. He explained:

"I don't see him as being Liverpool's best striking option. You don't get enough game time out of him and when he does play, he doesn't show enough quality."

In my view, Sturridge's exit this summer is inevitable. As a huge fan of striker, it pains me to admit it, but for a variety of reasons (loss of pace; irregular game-time; lack of faith in him from Klopp etc) he simply cannot prosper at Anfield anymore, so it's time to bite the bullet and move on.

As always, the question is this: will Liverpool miss Sturridge if he leaves this summer? Unfortunately, the answer is clearly no, especially if Klopp brings in another top-class striker. In some ways, Sturridge is symbolic of Liverpool FC itself: a player with a great (goalscoring) history, but now struggling to recapture past glories.

^ Sturridge: £30m-rated


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