3 May 2017

Anfield Alert: Liverpool ready to agree huge £40m transfer for 'unbelievable' striker if he wants to leave

Daniel Sturridge made a timely return to action last night, and to be fair, the oft-injured striker looked sharp during his 10-minute cameo. Sturridge's fate may already be sealed, though, as Liverpool are reportedly willing to cash-on this summer.

According to the Daily Mail:

"Liverpool will place a £40m valuation on striker Daniel Sturridge if the 27-year-old England international indicates he'd like to leave Anfield this summer".

'If' he'd like to leave Anfield? In reality, it's probably more like 'when', and I doubt Sturridge's future will be wholly self-determined.

With Liverpool almost certainly in Europe next season, Klopp will need reliable players in the squad, and as he's proven yet again this season, Sturridge is not reliable in the slightest.

As much as I'm a fan of Sturridge, the time has come to stop hoping that he retains his fitness, and start accepting that he's never going to be a regular starter for the club.

West Ham reportedly remain interested in a summer deal, and when asked last week about the possibility of a transfer, Hammers' boss Slaven Bilic told reporters:

"If you go back two or three seasons he [Sturridge] was unbelievable. 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."

Given Sturridge's injury history, demanding a £40m transfer fee is (arguably) deluded in the extreme. Liverpool signed Andy Carroll for £35m, and sold him to West Ham at a £20m loss, so I can't see the Hammers (or any team) paying more than £20m for Sturridge.

The good news is, Sturridge only cost £12m, so the Reds aren't likely to make a loss.


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