In Focus: Losing Sturridge mid-season could hamper Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge is ready to leave Liverpool in January in order to gain a place in England’s World Cup squad, according to The Mirror.

What’s the story?

The striker has been struggling for first-team action at Liverpool for a season and a half.

In the current campaign, manager Jurgen Klopp has played Sturridge 12 times in all competitions, but the forward has started just four of those games.

After failing to make the England squad for recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil, the 28-year-old is believed to be reassessing his future.

The Mirror claims that Sturridge is open to leaving Anfield in January as he fears that his lack of game time will force him out of contention for Russia 2018.

What is the best option?

For Liverpool, allowing the striker to be sold in the winter window would be detrimental to them unless they bring in a replacement.

Sturridge does not fit into Klopp’s style of play, but he has scored in his last two appearances and is a strong option from the bench.

The Reds have a wealth of attacking talent, but competing in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup means that the club need strength in depth.

From Sturridge’s point of view, it is understandable if he wants to move on, particularly as he will be 31 when the next World Cup rolls around.

The striker still has plenty of quality to bring to the table, but if he wants to be first name on the teamsheet then he may need to target mid-table club.