In Focus: Liverpool set to demand £40m for star; potential suitors may be put off

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Liverpool will put a £40m price tag on the head of Daniel Sturridge if he says he wants to leave the club this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 27-year-old striker has found first team opportunities hard to come by under Jurgen Klopp this season because of injury and illness, with the German also often preferring to play the likes of Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi up top instead.

Sturridge could choose to leave Anfield in search of regular first team football at the end of the season in order to boost his hopes of being named in the England squad for the 2018 World Cup.

The Merseyside outfit believe that the attacker’s impressive goal record mean that he would be in demand if the two parties decided to go their separate ways.

How has he done this season?

He has made just five starts in the Premier League and 23 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals, and while that record isn’t too bad he doesn’t seem to have the same sharpness and clinical finishing that we have seen in previous seasons.

That could be down to lack of games and confidence, though.

Does he need to move on?

If Jurgen Klopp is staying as Liverpool boss for the foreseeable future, then yes.

When Sturridge is seeing Roberto Firmino being played in a false 9 position when he is fit and on the substitutes’ bench then he will know that you aren’t in the manager’s plans.

Who are the interested parties?

Paris Saint-Germain are said to be keen admirers and wanted to sign Sturridge on loan during the January transfer window, while West Ham United have also been linked with the 27-year-old.

The England international would be a target for a number of Premier League sides if he announced his intentions to leave Liverpool, but the £40m price tag could narrow down his potential destinations.