Williams in, Sturridge out is an interesting prospect for Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge’s time at Liverpool is surely coming to an end. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll leave Anfield before the close of the current transfer window or take the opportunity to chase the money in China before their own off-season bonanza ends mid-way through February, but you won’t find many confident that he’ll be on Merseyside by the time 2017/18 kicks off.

A report from the Mirror on the weekend speculated on this point, claiming that Sturridge will indeed be on his way this year and that Inaki Williams of Athletic Bilbao is a target to replace him.

The 22-year-old has been earning rave reviews for his showings in La Liga for a little while now, with his mix of pace, power and technique fearsome. Interestingly, these are just the characteristics Jurgen Klopp loves…

Although his stats are not outstanding from this season, there’s enough ammo there to suggest that, around better players, he could thrive. The Spaniard’s 22 take-ons and 19 chances created indicate that he could contribute in Klopp’s front three, even if two goals in 20 appearances is not a standout return – especially for an upper midtable team.

However, where he does come into his own is in terms of playing position, with Williams far more versatile than Sturridge. Able to play as a striker or on either wing with equal effect, he could solve the recurring headache Klopp has of fielding questions about the Englishman’s best role.