Liverpool star ready to quit Anfield as he sparks £28m Premier League transfer battle

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has reportedly accepted that he isn’t wanted by Jurgen Klopp and will leave the club in January.

The England international has struggled to break into the first team on a regular basis, with Klopp opting to start Roberto Firmino up front instead.

In turn, with the 27-year-old restricted to just four Premier League starts so far this season and without a league goal to his name as of yet, The Mirror claim Sturridge has been left frustrated by the situation and is now ready to leave Anfield in order to secure regular playing time.

Meanwhile, The Sun have gone a step further and placed a price-tag on the former Chelsea and Manchester City forward, claiming that interested parties West Ham United and Stoke City will have to splash out around £28m to prise him away from Merseyside.

It comes after Sturridge was forced to defend himself from criticism over his work ethic by Graeme Souness, with suggestions that Klopp also shared the same doubts.

There is no denying his quality in front of goal and what he brings to a team with his ability to finish, but his overall work off the ball and in build-up play has led to question marks over how successful he can be under Klopp in particular.

With such fierce competition for places at Liverpool, coupled with the fact that Klopp’s men have been scoring goals without the help of Sturridge for the most part, it could be a sensible move for all parties concerned.

Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool have a replacement in mind as they won’t want to be left short of options in terms of not having an out-and-out striker to call upon.

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