Daniel Sturridge Could Be Set For La Liga Switch
Daniel Sturridge may seek a move abroad in the new year, with the Liverpool striker seeking regular first team football ahead of next summer's World Cup.
The England international has struggled to establish himself as a first team regular under Jurgen Klopp's stewardship, with the likes of Roberto Firmino and the free scoring summer arrival Mohamed Salah being favoured in forward positions ahead of the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker.
And a move to La Liga could be on the cards for Sturridge, with Valencia and Real Betis both interested in taking a chance on the injury plagued 28-year-old.
Salah 18 goals, 5 assists- Kofi Esikyire :tm: (@esikyire) December 6, 2017
Firmino 12 goals, 6 assists
Coutinho 9 goals, 6 assists
Mané 7 goals, 6 assists
Can 4 goals, 2 assists
Sturridge 3 goals, 3 assists
TAA & Ox 2 goals, 1 assist (each)
Hendo, Matip, Wijnaldum each has 1 goal.#LFC
Sturridge missed Sunday's Merseyside derby with Everton at Anfield with a hamstring injury, the latest in a long line of injuries that have derailed his Anfield career after such a promising start in 2013, when he arrived from Chelsea in the winter transfer window for £12 million.
Well done Daniel Sturridge. Great assist, even though he couldn't crack a smile afterwards. Poor lad. Feel sorry for him, but there's plenty of brilliant strikers who couldn't get in Liverpool's team.- Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) December 6, 2017
Klopp has failed to place any trust in Sturridge for a sustained period of time and has previously criticised the striker in public for his failure to remain fit.
Now, with a World Cup on the horizon, Sturridge is desperate to secure regular first team football and could be afforded the opportunity to do so by Valencia and Betis.
Valencia are currently enjoying their best season in years, sitting in second place, five points behind leaders Barcelona, having lost just one of their opening 15 games.
Sturridge has often impressed at Anfield but has rarely been able to stay fit for long enough to be trusted as a first choice striker. Images: PA
Betis, meanwhile, after returning to the Spanish top flight two years ago, have stabilised themselves in mid-table and are looking for a recognised goalscorer to bolster their European push in the second half of the current campaign, with just three points separating them from sixth place Villareal.
Should Sturridge be available in the new year, however, it is likely that more clubs will become interested in his signature.
(H/T Daily Mail)
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