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30th Apr, 2017 | 1:17pm

Klopp demands staggering £40m for Liverpool fringe player after loan snub - report

By Matt Bullin

Liverpool have placed a £40million valuation on Daniel Sturridge even though he is on the fringes of the team when fit, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that Jurgen Klopp will only let the 27-year-old front man leave Anfield if the valuation is met.

The Hammers have been installed as favourites to sign the striker, after Slaven Bilic made it clear he was interested in acquiring his services.

The Daily Mail report also states that French giants PSG may be interested in signing Sturridge, after making an enquiry in January that was snubbed by Liverpool.

Sturridge has suffered with injuries this campaign, and as a result has only featured 16 times in the Premier League this season, starting just five games and scoring only twice.

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He has struggled to win a starting place when fit, with Klopp preferring to use the versatile Roberto Firmino as the attack spearhead as well as often giving the nod to the more physical Divock Origi.

However, despite his injury problems and doubts as to whether he suits Klopp’s system, the 25-time England international has a sparkling goal scoring record at the Reds and has netted 60 goals in his 115 league and cup games.

Football Insider verdict

Sturridge would be a massive signing for West Ham who have struggled for goals this campaign, a fact underlined by their 0-0 draw with Stoke on Saturday. However the reported price tag might put the Hammers off Sturridge, especially given his recent injury record. That may leave the door open for cash-rich PSG who are looking for someone to share Edison Cavani’s load. Liverpool would surely also prefer to sell Sturridge to a team outside the Premier League so he cannot come back to haunt them in future seasons. Given Sturridge’s injury record and place in the Liverpool pecking order, £40million is a staggering sum.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Robbie Fowler has urged the Reds to sign this striker.

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