Add into that the 28-year-old’s £150,000 per week salary and it is little wonder that his advisors have concerns that the player is unlikely to find a new employer with those sums of money involved. Particularly for a striker whose fitness is rightly questioned.
The England international is concerned that his lack of first-team action is hampering his chances of being included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup finals in Russia this summer.
Relegation-threatened Stoke City and West Ham United were both reportedly interested in the striker, but this waned with the sums of money becoming apparent. Stoke also need to appoint a new manager, which is hampering their moves in the January transfer window.
Sturridge’s time at Anfield has been dogged by injury problems. He hasn’t played more than 30 Premier League games in any one season; in 5½ years on Merseyside, he has made 98 league appearances in that time.
His England career suffered accordingly. 26 caps with 8 goals is a poor return for a striker whose club record is a goal every other game.
A loan move has been ruled out by Liverpool at present but as the window drags on, the prospect of a temporary move increases.