Liverpool have got the ball rolling with a £15 million bid to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea in January according to newspaper reports, but is it just a case of him going from one club where he’s behind another striker in the pecking order to the next?
Liverpool have been linked with a lot of strikers over the last few weeks. Ever since Brendan Rodgers confirmed that the club would be bring in another striker to play alongside Luis Suarez, newspapers from all over the world that few had ever heard of started to come out with rumours and links saying Liverpool were interested in certain stars.
Well the good news Liverpool fans is that you know have a whole host of dailies up and down the UK claiming that Liverpool will offer £15 million to make Daniel Sturridge a Liverpool player. However, don’t look past the fact he will have the exact same role with Liverpool that he currently has at Chelsea.
Sturridge is behind the Fernando Torres in the pecking order at Chelsea and he will be behind Luis Suarez in the pecking order at Liverpool if he makes the move. He may even face a bit of competition from Fabio Borini who is likely to be making a recovery from injury around the time that Sturridge would move to Anfield.
So some will question the sense of the move in the respect that he is moving from one difficult situation to the next. Therefore, it will be up to Sturridge to make sure that he convinces Rodgers, or any club he moves to in the future for that matter, that he is integral to the system and formation of that team.
Liverpool have been forced to play 4-5-1 at times this season for the simple fact that Suarez has been the only striker at the club. They have played some of the best football in the Premier League using this system and produced a spell of football against Manchester United at Anfield using the system that very few teams in the league will replicate again this season.
Sturridge has played seven times this season for Chelsea scoring one goal. There is an argument that he is a Rodgers style player in the respect that he is small, extremely quick and versatile. His inclusion in the Liverpool team could work because he would take a little bit of the pressure away from Suarez who would subsequently be able to keep the central defenders occupied while Sturridge drops off into the midfield.
If Liverpool do come in and make a formal approach for Sturridge then he has to think very carefully about the move and what his role at Liverpool will be. On the surface he may think it’s great and that he’s guaranteed to play in every game but he is never going to be selected in front of Suarez who is having a brilliant season.
It is a case of wait and see what happens because Liverpool have also been strongly linked with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott who wants to play as a main central striker and would probably demand this role should he sign at Anfield either in January or at the end of the current season.
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