Anfield boss planning hopeful bid for Stamford Bridge youngster.
Liverpool are reportedly set to mount an audacious attempt to lure Chelsea youngster Daniel Sturridge to Anfield. The England Under 21 international is a player that boss Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli are interested in bringing to Anfield and may feel they have a decent shot at landing the striker as his first team chances seem set to become even more limited that previously.
Newly installed Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas apparently has no intention of selling either Fernando Torres or Didier Drogba, but may listen to offers for French international Nicolas Anelka, however the FC Porto boss is reportedly keen on signing Santos star Neymar and Chelsea have already secured the services of Brazilian teenager Lucas Piazón and therefore Sturridge may well find it tough to break into the first team.
Liverpool are said to have made a move for Sturridge last January but at the time Chelsea were only willing to farm out the former Man City man out on loan and the 21 year old made a big impression at Bolton where he netted eight goals from 11 starts at the Reebok Stadium side.
Dalglish brought in strike pairing Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll but may well feel that the addition of another young attacker could help add further strength in depth and though the Merseyside club also has experienced Dutch international Dirk Kuyt on their books, he has tended to revert to a wide right role for much of his recent Liverpool career.
Liverpool are apparently ready to offload French striker David N’Gog after the former PSG man failed to make an impact over the past three seasons. The Anfield side are also looking to sell a number of under performing squad players to help make way for new additions and the likes of Milan Jovanovic, Christian Poulsen, Paul Konchesky and Joe Cole. It also looks likely that Dalglish will allow Maxi Rodriguez to make the move back to Argentina that he has requested.
Chelsea boss Villas Boas may well consider offers for Sturridge as he too looks to make significant changes to his squad. The young Portuguese manager seems keen to bring a player or two from his former club FC Porto but is also strongly linked with moves to address the ageing nature of his squad.
Speculation is rife that players such as Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferriera and the aforementioned Anelka will be sold and squad players Salomon Kalou, Jose Bosingwa Yossi Benayoun and Yuri Zhirkov may well be sacrificed as Boas looks to re-shape his Stamford Bridge squad to better reflect his long term plans.
Fanatix reports that Liverpool will look to make an offer in the near future for the the Chelsea front man, but it does seem that the West London side are not likely to sell the player to a club vying for a top four spot and may elect instead to accept over offers if they do indeed look to allow the Birmingham born striker to leave.