Liverpool are reportedly ready to sell striker Daniel Sturridge in January if they can attract a £30 million offer, with Southampton and West Ham United understood to be among his Premier League suitors.
Sturridge is open to leaving Anfield during the winter transfer window because he wants regular football and to win back his place in the England squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reported James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo.
According to Pearce, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is eager to keep the striker and the club would only accept a permanent deal if he's to depart, although they would consider a loan later in January if they were to receive a "hefty" offer.
Sturridge hasn't featured in the Premier League since starting in the 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on November 25, and Goal recently broke down his prospects:
Where will Daniel Sturridge be playing his football for the rest of the campaign, and more importantly next season? 🤔 https://t.co/xk4dHhQpkz2018-1-1 20:03:47
The forward's deal runs until the end of the 2018-19 season, and the Merseysiders may be wise to cash in and maximise the fee they can get for a player who missed 11 games last season because of five separate injuries, per Transfermarkt.
That's not to say Sturridge isn't valuable when at his best, however, and The Times recently illustrated how his prolific start at Anfield is trumped only by a certain other mercurial talisman:
Times Sport @TimesSport
Mo Salah has reached 23 goals for Liverpool faster than any other player in the club's history - two games fewer than Sturridge and four fewer than Torres #lfc @LFC https://t.co/OUTA3U85gd2018-1-1 12:52:26
Klopp has taken to utilising Roberto Firmino more in a central role since Sturridge's injuries offered the Brazilian a route into the lineup, and the Englishman doesn't look like winning back his place anytime soon.
Philippe Coutinho has departed for Barcelona, but Liverpool's front three of Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane remains one of the most intimidating in the Premier League—and in football, for that matter.
Adam Summerton @adamsummerton
Keep reading these Sturridge/Inter stories and can’t fathom at all, seems to make little sense, would be very surprised if it happened #LFC #FCIM2018-1-11 13:07:19
Liverpool appear unwilling to budge on their valuation of the forward, which Pearce said the club feels is fair, meaning Sturridge could be staring at more time on the bench unless there is a team willing to stump up for his services.