Daniel Sturridge Chelsea striker

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that changes at Chelsea won’t damage his chances of securing a deal to sign striker Daniel Sturridge in January.

The Chelsea forward has emerged as Rodgers’ prime target in the Premier League transfer window as he looks to strengthen a forward line heavily reliant on Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez.

However, the appointment of Rafa Benitez could complicate matters if he sees Sturridge as more of an integral part of his squad than his predecessor Roberto Di Matteo did.

“You never know when new managers go into clubs, but we will see what happens over the course of the market for us,” Rodgers told The Telegraph.

The player himself is said to be keen on the move and has made no secret of his desire to play as a striker through the middle,  something which he has not really had the opportunity to do at Chelsea with Fernando Torres being preferred in that role.

Rodgers is also reported to be keen on unsettled Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, and after he was left out of the club’s 2013 calender it has sparked further indications that he is nearing an exit from the Emirates.

Both of these players added to the likes of tricky winger Raheem Sterling and the imperious Suarez would give Liverpool more depth in their attacking options, but it remains to be seen whether Rodgers can get the players he wants come January.

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