Daniel Sturridge really needs to leave Liverpool. He needs games and to not spend these remaining peak years of his dressed in a suit in the stands. Sturridge’s injury record is what it is and that’s just part of his whole thing now, but there are clubs throughout Europe that would and could make good use of the England striker. They would be taking a gamble, yes. But that’s football.™
Sevilla were reportedly already rebuffed by Liverpool in their approach for Sturridge. And they may approach again with a little more seriousness. Roma’s name has also been mongered as some have sought to make the claim that Edin Dzeko’s rumoured departure has Sturridge waiting in the wings. But it’s Sturridge’s links to Inter Milan that have seemed the most concrete in terms of actual interest.
The newest reports from Sky in Italy are that despite Liverpool being unenthusiastic towards a loan, the Serie A club are confident a deal can be done before the January window closes.
Inter will be negotiating down any Sturridge deal using the striker’s long injury layoffs over several seasons as weight. But the Nerazzurri board will also have to contend with Liverpool’s hard stance on the player given Sturridge still has 18 months left on his contract and letting him go, while not greatly reducing the product on the pitch, could leave the squad wanting if spring comes and the injury plague hits.
I don’t know if Daniel Sturridge can ever look comfortable and dangerous in a Jürgen Klopp team. The evidence so far isn’t supporting that but he’s also not been given near enough game time to really build up a head of steam. On the other hand, he’s on the training pitch every day and one would expect something magical to have happened by now.
I don’t really want to know if Sturridge can ever look dangerous in a Klopp team. I’m ready for him to look dangerous somewhere else. Because I just want to see him look dangerous again. And for that to happen, he’s got to go somewhere and play. And if the Italian league gives him the best hope of regular action with perhaps less of a spotlight than a high-profile Premier League transfer would be, then we’re going to have to start watching way more Serie A.