Liverpool Transfer News: Daniel Sturridge Would Be Smart Addition for Reds

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 19, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Youssuf Mulumbu of West Brom battles Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on November 17, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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While Liverpool has agreed on a £12 million transfer fee to bring Daniel Sturridge over from Chelsea, negotiations have hit a snag, according to the Independent.

According to the Independent report, Sturridge's agents have demanded a percentage of any sell-on fee, which has Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool holding out.

But if Liverpool can find a way to get the 23-year-old forward over to Anfield, it would surely help the club.

Liverpool is currently 12th in the Premier League. The Reds rank 10th in the league in goals scored this season (23).

While Sturridge has only scored one goal in seven EPL games this season, a large part of that has to do with the fact that Chelsea only uses one forward, and they've designated Fernando Torres as the starter. If you look back to Sturridge's campaign last season, he scored 11 goals in 30 games (28 starts), a much higher percentage. 

Keep in mind, Sturridge is a young player who is still developing. You give him extensive playing time like Chelsea did last season and you never know what can happen. If anything, Sturridge would be a much better complement to Luis Suarez than anyone else Liverpool has (Suarez has 10 goals this EPL season, and Steven Gerrard is second on the club with two scores).

Sturridge is still developing, and he needs to get a better feel for the game, but his pace and ball skills are eye-opening, and there is certainly a lot of potential there.

It's understandable that Liverpool would be wary of agents' demands. They've been burned in the past, coughing up £31.3 million to agents since 2008-2009 (third only to Manchester City and Chelsea during that span), according to the Independent report.

But if they can find a way to weasel Sturridge from Chelsea without the extraordinary agent fees, it would be a nice addition for them in the January transfer window.

 

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