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Liverpool Transfer News: Daniel Sturridge Ready to Quit Reds, Latest Rumours

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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is reportedly ready to leave Anfield in the summer as he is "fed up" with growing criticism over his ongoing fitness issues and people questioning his desire.

According to Sami Mokbel in the Daily Mail, the England striker believes he would benefit from a clean break, and he is eager to return to full fitness and refind his previous form.

The report indicated that Arsenal could be interested in signing Sturridge, 26, as they have been linked with him in the past and could do with added strength in attack. 

With 21 goals in 29 games in 2013-14, Sturridge proved that he has the ability to be one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, per WhoScored.com.

But, since then, he has played just 24 games for Liverpool, and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said earlier this season that Sturridge needs to  learn the difference between "what is pain and what is serious pain," per Sam Wallace in the Telegraph.

The German manager is reportedly not overly impressed with Sturridge's training attitude, per GianlucaDiMarzio.com's Joseph Musker:

Former Liverpool star Dietmar Hamann also accused Sturridge of choosing "when he wants to play", per TalkSport's Alex Varney.

Per Wallace, Sturridge is nearing a return to full fitness following his latest injury, but he is unhappy with the club's recent dealings with him and would be prepared to leave in the summer if a deal could be agreed.

His contract at Anfield runs until 2018 and Liverpool could likely demand around £20 million for him, per Bleacher Report's Dean Jones:

As noted by Jones, Sturridge's talent is such that he should be worth a great deal more than that, but Liverpool will not be able to demand too much because there is no guarantee of his long-term fitness.

With his current deal on Merseyside running down, Liverpool and Sturridge are reaching a tipping point where he either has to move on or the Reds have to show huge faith and offer him a new contract.

The latest reports suggest the latter is unlikely, and Mokbel reported that the former Chelsea man would consider a move to a number of top European clubs but would prefer to stay in the English top flight.

Interest in Sturridge will doubtless be high. He is a fantastic finisher who could fit well into any attacking unit.

Given he is likely to be valued relatively reasonably, major clubs could surely take a gamble on him.

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