- Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge linked with exit in January
- In-form Reds quartet keeping him out of the team
- Suggestion move could spark hope of making England squad next summer
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Based on current form, it’s difficult to argue against Liverpool’s favoured attacking quartet from being the first names on the teamsheet.
The Reds have scored an impressive 32 goals in their last nine games, with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all integral in the upturn in form for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Credit where it’s due too as after being ridiculed again earlier this season, they’ve tightened things up at the back too and as a team, which unsurprisingly has resulted in a much more positive picture at Anfield.
However, one man that will likely suffer as a result is Daniel Sturridge, and as reported by The Mirror, the fact that he’s now been forced to accept a back-up role to his in-form teammates could result in a January exit for the England international.
Sturridge has been limited to just 14 appearances in all competitions, and while he has had his injury problems again, he’s been forced to stay on the bench in four of the last five Premier League games.
He grabbed an assist in a brief appearance against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in midweek, but it’s surely not enough for the 28-year-old who will want to feature more heavily at this stage of his career, whether that’s with Liverpool or elsewhere.
Between them, Mane, Salah, Firmino and Coutinho have scored 46 goals, and while Sturridge will get his opportunities as Liverpool remain in the hunt for multiple trophies, perhaps it’s not enough for him as he’ll have to accept being a replacement rather than a certain starter when fit.
It’s not made clear if the exit would be a loan deal or permanent move, and so it will depend on the offers that come in. Either way, it seems a bit strange if the motivation behind the desire to move on is to make the England squad, as that seems to be a reoccurring short-term thinking theme for many players ahead of the January transfer window.