Jurgen Klopp and the Anfield board are considering a new contract for Daniel Sturridge to fend off interest in the soon-to-be free agent, per the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail are reporting that the Merseyside outfit are mulling over the potential to retain the injury-prone forward beyond his current contract.
Sturridge’s deal at present expires in the summer, meaning he can negotiate pre-contracts freely with clubs from abroad ahead of a potential free transfer.
Sevilla, Valencia, Monaco, AC Milan and Inter, along with clubs in the Chinese Super League, are said to be interested in taking the 26-cap England international should he leave Anfield.
Klopp is claimed by the Daily Mail to still value the 29-year-old and considers his quality as competition to Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi hard to replace.
The £13.5million-rated striker, who joined from Chelsea in 2013, has netted 68 times in 149 appearances in red, and is claimed to be determined to help Liverpool fight on all three fronts, starting with a first Premier League crown.
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While Sturridge may not start every week, retaining the services of a striker who has netted in 45% of his appearances for the club will give Liverpool a great boost in the transfer window.
Dave Fallows, the head of recruitment at Anfield, would see no further need to strengthen the options at hand, with the 29-year-old’s presence in the squad providing Klopp with great depth, another option when key players need resting, as well as a Plan B from the bench.
Sturridge’s multiple assets offset his injury frequency, having missed a total of 99 games since he left Stamford Bridge for Merseyside, with his longest spell in the physio’s room spent between April 8, 2015, and September 22 – a total of 167 days.
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