Liverpool are reportedly willing to listen to offers of £25 million for injury-plagued centre-forward Daniel Sturridge.
Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror wrote the England striker is “battling to save his Liverpool career” but that the Reds’ new manager, Jurgen Klopp, has already grown tired of his persistent fitness issues. Stammers noted if any team opts to pay the aforementioned amount, the former Chelsea man could be on his way.
Although Liverpool supporters will be desperate to see their star centre-forward rediscover his best form, his continued injury issues seem likely to prevent that process from occurring. Unfortunately for the player, a scenario such as the one reported was to become an inevitability sooner rather than later because of his time in the treatment room.
Indeed, as Bleacher Report UK noted recently when Sturridge was ruled out of another Liverpool game through injury, the player’s situation has become almost farcical:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
Jurgen Klopp confirms Daniel Sturridge will not be fit to play for #LFC against Stoke on Tuesday night. https://t.co/VDfuhTMGiZ2016-1-4 13:20:16
At full tilt, there are few better strikers in English football. Sturridge has this season even shown glimpses of what he can offer, with blistering pace, brilliant skill and a thunderous left foot still prominent despite his various layoffs.
But as noted by BreatheSport recently, Sturridge has missed more games than he's played since moving to Liverpool back in 2013:
It’s been proved time after time he’s not a player the Reds can rely on to become the team's focal point. Klopp, a manager who is still seeking to stamp his mark on this Liverpool team, will be acutely aware of that. As the German considers which personnel to shift out, Sturridge, a high earner—the Star reported he takes home in the region of £150,000 a week—who plays little football, will surely be up there.
What could be an issue for Liverpool is finding a buyer. The reported asking price of £25 million is a massive amount for a player as injury-prone as Sturridge regardless of his talent. At this juncture, the Reds would do well to find another team willing to pay half of that valuation.
Borussia Dortmund Resisting Neven Subotic Move
Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror wrote on Saturday that Borussia Dortmund are resisting an approach from Liverpool for centre-back Neven Subotic.
As noted in the piece, Klopp is dealing with a significant injury crisis at the back, with Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure and Joe Gomez all out through injury. Mullock noted that having brought Subotic from Mainz to Dortmund, the German boss now wants the reliable defender to follow him to another club.
“But Liverpool’s hopes of signing the 27-year-old on a loan deal until the end of the season have been blocked by his German club,” added Mullock. “Dortmund have told the Reds [they] don’t want to lose Subotic—and that it would take a significant bid to alter their stance.”
Here’s why Subotic was rated as one of the best defenders in European football during his time working under Klopp:
Subotic does seem like a player who could cope in the Premier League, and given Mats Hummels and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are Dortmund's preferred starting centre-backs, the Serbia international is not getting quite as much football as he would have liked. A temporary move, therefore, would surely appeal to the player.
German football journalist Alex Chaffer stated in December Subotic’s future is unclear because of BVB’s strength in depth at the back:
Alex Chaffer @AlexChaffer
With Hummels, Sokratis, Bender and Ginter the other options, I'd say Subotic could still fight for his BVB place. But looks like he's off.2015-12-7 10:05:21
However, Subotic provides experienced cover at the Westfalenstadion, and with Dortmund still competing in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Europa League, it’s easy to see why they don’t want the 27-year-old to leave the club any time soon. Klopp, it seems, will have to look elsewhere in an attempt to alleviate the pressure on his creaking squad.