Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reds Must Avoid Overpaying for Daniel Sturridge

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on May 13, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Fabio Borini's injury has Liverpool's offense in a precarious position, taking it from bad to worse when that seemed impossible.

The Reds have 10 goals in eight games, which is a major reason Brendan Rodgers' squad is currently 12th on the English Premier League table. Without an infusion of skill up front, Liverpool could be heading for a very dark season.

For that reason, Rodgers has his eyes on the transfer market with two names in mind, Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge. Here's what Mirror reporter Matt Law had to say:

Brendan Rodgers faces a huge battle to solve ­Liverpool’s striker crisis in January. The Liverpool boss has told the club’s American owners he wants to sign hitman Theo Walcott and make a new loan move for ­Daniel ­Sturridge. But Chelsea now want to sell Sturridge ­permanently for around £15million to fund their bid for Falcao.

Paying that much money for Sturridge just isn't smart. Maybe they can get him for a cheaper fee via loan, but that doesn't seem like what the Blues have in mind.

With that being said, why would Liverpool overpay for a mostly unproven player, while funding Chelsea's possible acquisition of one of Europe's most sought-after strikers in Falcao? They shouldn't, at least not if they want to consider the transfer a success.

Sturridge is a fine player, and at 23 years old, he still has some room to grow on the field. He can play on the wing or in the central position, which would allow Rodgers to use him in multiple spots.

However, he's not worth £15 million. Spending more than £5 seems a little crazy, but the Reds are in a very tough spot so that number could be higher for them.

As a substitute this season, Sturridge has one goal for the first-place Blues. He's definitely expendable on their end, but Liverpool may only get one shot to improve offensively this season. Paying too much for someone like Sturridge would be a waste, considering the marginal improvement that would come in return.

As bad as it sounds, Liverpool may not get a chance to improve immediately. Law's report mentions that Walcott doesn't want to come to a non-Champions League side and other options may feel the same way.

The Reds are in an extremely unfavorable position, but that doesn't mean Rodgers must spend for the sake of spending. Paying Chelsea's ideal price for Sturridge would be doing just that.