When Luis Suarez left Liverpool after yet another biting incident in the summer of 2014, the feeling among fans was that Daniel Sturridge—fresh off a 21-goal season—would be the one to step up for the Reds.
And then came the injuries. Despite his constant struggles for fitness, he still showed enough for many fans to lament that if he could only get healthy, Sturridge would be the striker we need. Now, it finally appears that Sturridge has found that long-awaited injury free(ish) spell, and yet it appears the repeated stints in the physio room have finally caught up with him. The 27-year-old England international just doesn’t have the same burst of pace that distinguished him during his early career, and as a result, his prolific goal scoring record has dried up. Indeed, Sturridge has only managed 2 goals and 1 assist in 14 Premier League appearances so far (though only a total of 543 minutes, to be fair).
The speculation around Anfield these days is that Sturridge is likely on the way out this summer, the only question is where? According to The Mirror, Paris St. Germain may offer the striker an escape route. They report that the Ligue 1 side may look to bring Sturridge in on loan with an option to buy if he can play his way back into something resembling his form from years past.
If true, this would seem to represent the best possible option for all parties involved. Sturridge, for all his immeasurable talents, doesn’t seem to fit the mold of an ideal Jürgen Klopp striker. Even when he was banging in goals, he didn’t appear to be Klopp’s first choice to lead the line. But equally, there is a fear that if we sell to a domestic rival, he could once again catch on somewhere, making us regret the sale.
Wherever he ends up, let’s hope for a good resolution for the player who has had a rough go of things for the past two and a half years at the club.