As recently as last January, it appeared as if Daniel Sturridge’s Liverpool career was over. His loan spell (injury plagued, because of course it was) to West Brom in the final months of last season seemed to indicate that his days were numbered in red.
However, after getting a taste of life in the relegation pillow fight, the 29-year-old striker recommitted to Liverpool despite his contract winding down at the end of the year. To the surprise of many, Sturridge not only avoided injury in the first half of the season (knock on all the wood), but contributed key goals against Chelsea and PSG.
Now, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, Liverpool are considering offering the long time Liverpool striker a contract extension. We’d feel better about this rumor if it came from Dominic King, but we’ll take what we can get.
If Sturridge is happy as a squad player in the club, this seems like a no-brainer for Klopp & Co. While his wages may be an issue, it’s hard to imagine bringing in a back-up striker anywhere near Danny’s talent without dropping some serious coin (in which case said Big Name Striker™ probably wouldn’t be content to be a rotational squad player.
Additionally, if the club do decide to move him on in the future, they could extract a nominal fee from any interested clubs. So far several high-profile continental clubs, including Sevilla, Valencia, Milans AC and Inter, and Monaco have been linked with Sturridge. Chinese clubs are also said to be interested.
While playing in a league that actually calls fouls might be helpful for the injury prone player, Danny has never played outside of England, so it seems a stretch to assume he would start now, so late in his career.
As of right now, it seems like extending his contract is probably the best option for both the player and club.