Sturridge's demands are holding up a move to Liverpool, according to The Mirror. Specifically, Liverpool is balking at Sturridge's desire to be a first-team central striker and his demand for a wage of £80,000 a week.
Unfortunately for Sturridge, Liverpool has no interest in paying the talented player that much, and it had planned on using Sturridge on the flank.
If Sturridge sticks to these unrealistic demands, he will find himself stuck on a Chelsea club that will keep him stuck in a bad situation. Chelsea features Fernando Torres at center-striker, the position that Sturridge covets, so playing time there is sparse.
Liverpool offers Sturridge a better chance to showcase his talents. With them, he would get significantly more time on the pitch, and he'd be able to attack aggressively.
Further, though Sturridge would miss out on the $80,000 per week he desires in salary, he would still see a raise from a move to Liverpool. Why he would turn that down with unrealistic demands makes little sense.
Also working against Sturridge is the fact that Chelsea will not move him unless they land targets of their own. Rumors have been flying around Chelsea and a variety of strikers.
With Torres' recently improved play, though, ESPN reports that Chelsea would only look for stand-ins for Torres, rather than replacements. Torres scored twice in a 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday, and that has Chelsea thinking of sticking with their current group.
That could very well mean that a move for Sturridge is unlikely, which would mean that Sturridge needs to be as cooperative as possible to facilitate such a move. Chelsea, Liverpool and Sturridge would all benefit, making this a move that needs to happen.