Daniel Sturridge – To Sell Or Not To Sell?
Posted by Craig Muncey | Published on March 30, 2016
Many LFC fans will have had their Twitter timelines full over last few days with speculation surrounding Daniel Sturridge, and the possibility of him being sold in the summer. Latest link is PSG who are reported as being ready to prepare a £45 million fee for the player. This article looks at if this speculation is true should Liverpool sell the English international for that type of figure?
Liverpool fans themselves seem to have differing views on this, some fans see him as to injury prone, and when he does play, his playing style and demeanor, can come across as a player who is lazy and disinterested. Whilst other fans see a player who when he is available, is a natural finisher and arguably one of the best strikers in the country if not in the whole league.
Sturridge in 3 years at the club, has played 62 matches, which is less than 21 games a year, his goal tally is far more impressive, 39 goals in those 62 matches. The player is still only 26 years of age, so injuries permitting, he should still have many years in front of him, but that is the very issue I see with Sturridge, it’s all a big if, he has suffered injury after injury, not just at Liverpool but at his previous clubs, and whilst on England international duty, will he be able to sustain a run of games to warrant his wages, which is to be a reported £120k a week.
If Liverpool decide to cash in for a fee of around £45 million, who can they realistically bring into replace his goals? Liverpool currently are not guaranteed European football, and even with a manager with the name and persuasive powers of Jurgen Klopp will elite European based strikers want to join Liverpool football club? Players such as Karim Benzema, Robert Lewdanowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the top strikers, I just don’t see Liverpool having the pulling powers to entice these players at this moment in time.
So they may have to go a step lower, where there are still very good players such as Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette who maybe could be enticed, question is are these as good as Daniel Sturridge?
The question therefore is should they stick with a player when fit who can score you goals galore, or cash in on a player and use that money to buy a replacement or third option, cash in on player, use the transfer fee to reinforce other positions within the squad that need strengthening and stick with the current crop of strikers at your disposal, bearing in mind next season the return of Danny Ings?
Is a big decision for the club to make, will be interesting to see how it pans out.