Inter Milan Reportedly Keen on January Transfer for Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield on November 1, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Inter Milan are said to be considering a possible January move for Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.

According to Tuttosport (h/t Calciomercato.com), Inter want to bring in a striker who can offer support to Mauro Icardi at the point of the attack, with current deputy Eder poised to leave the San Siro.

Sturridge, who has been out of favour at Anfield this season, is reported to be an option. As well as the Nerazzurri, Roma and AC Milan are also said to be interested in the striker.

According to Bleacher Report's Dean Jones, Liverpool are weighing up whether to let Sturridge or Danny Ings leave the club in the January transfer window:

Both forwards would benefit from a switch, as they're each behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order, while Dominic Solanke has also showcased flashes of talent when he's been called upon by manager Jurgen Klopp.

Sturridge has made just five Premier League starts in 2017-18, netting two goals in the process. However, he's a long way behind Firmino as things stand, with the Brazilian bringing intensity, intelligence and incision to the centre-forward berth.

Additionally, Firmino has started to add more goals and more assists to his game. As noted by Tifo Football, he's been crucial to Klopp's side:

As a result, it's difficult to see how Sturridge will force his way back into contention for a starting spot, and a move in January would appear to make sense.

The striker does still have a lot to offer. The former Chelsea man has developed his game in recent years, meaning he can drop into space in front of the defence, link play and create chances for his team-mates.

Sturridge has struggled to make an impression this season.
Sturridge has struggled to make an impression this season.PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Additionally, the forward remains one of the most natural finishers in the Premier League when he's on the pitch, as he can shoot with both feet from inside the box and from distance.

Per Squawka Football, his overall record for the Reds has been excellent:

Sturridge needs a new challenge at this point in his career, though, and would surely be intrigued by the possibility of a move to Italy.

Inter appeared set for a Serie A title challenge earlier in the campaign, but they have dropped off the pace in recent weeks, allowing Napoli and Juventus to pull clear. Manager Luciano Spalletti will hope a strong January transfer window can help them close the gap again.

Inter have leaned heavily on Icardi this season.
Inter have leaned heavily on Icardi this season.ALBERTO PIZZOLI/Getty Images

And one area they do need to address is the reliance on Icardi, who has netted 51 per cent of the team's top-flight goals this season.

Journalist Adam Digby suggested attacking reinforcements are required:

Sturridge would be a fine complement to Icardi if he were to move to Inter, either playing alongside the Argentina international or in a more withdrawn role.

However, if Liverpool decide to keep Sturridge around, there's little the 28-year-old can do to force his way out of Anfield. It means, barring an injury to Firmino or a major change of heart from Klopp, his chances of making the 2018 FIFA World Cup with England appear slim.  

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