Monday 11 December 2017

Daniel Sturridge moves closer to Liverpool exit as Premier League rival prepares January loan bid

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge could be heading to Southampton according to reports
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge could be heading to Southampton according to reports
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

While Liverpool fans are no doubt delighted with how the team's attack is firing through the first 12 games of the Premier League season, there's definitely one Red who won't be overly pleased with how the campaign is unfolding.

Although Jurgen Klopp's men have scored a league-high 30 goals, star striker Daniel Sturridge has yet to hit the net, and has mostly been reduced to cameos from the bench.

The German manager prefers using Roberto Firmino as his lead striker, which has kept Sturridge's opportunities limited. There has been plenty of talk that the England international isn't happy with his new role, with plenty of clubs being linked with a move for the 27-year-old as a result.

While Klopp will likely want to hold onto such a previously prolific striker, he might not be able to stop Sturridge from leaving if he attempts to force through a move.

One unlikely destination that has sprung up today is Southampton, with The Star reporting that the club will table a loan offer for Sturridge in January with the view to making the move permanent in the summer.

Such a transfer wouldn't bode well for Ireland striker Shane Long's future at the club, with the Tipperary attacker having already seen himself usurped this season by free-scoring Charlie Austin.

The Star is reporting that Saints boss Claude Puel wants a striker partner for Austin, and would prefer Sturridge to Long.

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