Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned potential new signings there will be no guarantees when they arrive at Anfield.
The Reds are also hopeful of bringing former winger Tom Ince back to the club from Blackpool, but Rodgers stressed any new arrival would have to earn their place after rumours Sturridge wanted assurances he would get given a run in his preferred central striker role. Rodgers said: "No-one coming into this football club will demand where they play."
He added: "As with any negotiations between any club and any player it has not been straightforward.
"As you've seen over the last number of weeks, there are always going to be things written about players, clubs and dealings. Nothing will be complete until we've signed a player at the beginning of January but until anything is done on paper there is nothing to say.
"We'll always do our business privately and in the way we want to do it. We're confident we can get some business done early in January, which will really help the squad. Until that happens, there is nothing really to add.
"We don't want to make many [signings] in January, but the one or two we do I think can make a difference and help us. If we can do that, I think we'll have a good second half to the season."
Rodgers believes adding to the squad will have a positive effect all round.
"If you ask the players here, what they want is a competitive group," he added. "Of course they want to play but they know what makes them play at their best is competition and that is what we are striving to do.
"A competitive squad is knowing you have to be at the top of your game week in, week out to retain the shirt else there is someone in the background who can take your place. If we are going to compete going forward we need to have that."