COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Daniel Sturridge has found himself frozen out of Liverpool’s league side this season and on Tuesday he was linked with a January move to Southampton.
The Daily Express claimed that the south coast club are looking to offer a loan-to-buy deal in January for the England international.
The deal is similar to what the Saints secured for star duo Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld in 2014, as the pair also found themselves on the fringes of squads that are considered of a higher level.
Sturridge, 27, would join Southampton with a big reputation having also played for Manchester City and Chelsea during his career.
He would be the perfect acquisition for a team that have progressed each year for the past seven seasons and are now looking to improve on last campaign’s sixth placed finish.
The Saints were severely damaged in the summer as they lost two of their top scorers in Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle and they failed to sign a proven replacement for the duo.
They have since scored just 12 goals from their first 12 fixtures in the Premier League, which is the joint fifth worst total in England’s top flight.
They have also been over-reliant on Charlie Austin for those goals with five to his name and the purchase of Sturridge would massively take the pressure off of the last January signing.
The 24-time capped England international has an impressive strike rate in the Premier League with 70 goals in 174 appearances across his career.
He will also be keen to impress and improve himself with the 2018 Russian World Cup coming up, which may be one of his last chances to win anything with the national team.
Southampton should now do what’s necessary to bring him to the club in January.
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