Having finally closed the utterly protracted Virgil van Dijk deal, it would appear that Liverpool and Southampton are back to being on good terms. According to The Daily Mirror, Saints are set to send back a small chunk of the £75m they just pocketed back to Merseyside in the shape of a transfer for Daniel Sturridge.
Rarely seen as a good fit for Jürgen Klopp, the Englishman has been a rare feature since the second-half of Klopp’ first half-season. While Sturridge scored in the UEFA Europa League final, progress has been preciously thin on the ground ever since.
Southampton are looking to find firepower as a chronic lack of goals holds them back, and a link to Sturridge immediately shows they are serious about making a change to a frail front line. With a World Cup to get to, Sturridge knows he needs game time.
With the electric form of Roberto Firmino, and the fact that Dominic Solanke appears to have forced him down the pecking order, those games won’t likely come at Anfield. With a desire to find more first-team football apparent, it would appear that Sturridge might be set to finally depart Anfield.
Whether that would see Liverpool look for another specialist striker or go with what they have remains to be seen. It could perhaps see a move for another ‘Firmino’ type player; a link forward, rather than an outright striker. It is, though, another case of what-if for a player who once looked certain to become part of the pantheon of Anfield greats up front.
For Sturridge, the time to move appears right and the opportunity for a fresh start on the South Coast could be just what he needs. The other name linked with Southampton is Arsenal forward Theo Walcott; another player in a similar position to the Liverpool forward.