By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool will be tempted to cash in on Daniel Sturridge – if a club is willing to offer £50million for the injury-prone striker.
That is the verdict of TV pundit Jamie Redknapp as Sturridge prepares to spearhead the attack for Roy Hodgson’s team in Tuesday’s clash against Holland at Wembley.
The Liverpool striker has barely played for his club in the last two seasons due to injury and will be making his first appearance for the national side since 2014.
Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a £50million summer swoop for the 26-year-old as they prepare to bring in a blue-chip replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who has said he could move to the Premier League in the summer.
“This is such a difficult one for Liverpool,” wrote Redknapp in his Mail column. “They will be desperate to make it work with Sturridge, but they know his injury history and if Paris Saint-Germain offer silly money, then who knows?
“The last thing you want to do with a world-class player like that is sell him, see another club cure his injury problems and get 40 games a season out of him.
“I’m not surprised PSG want him but as for filling Zlatan’s boots, that’s a tough ask. Ibra is almost impossible to replace.”
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp is convinced that no other English striker – including Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott – can match the natural ability of Liverpool’s front man.
Redknapp added: “Of the current group of strikers, Sturridge is probably the most naturally gifted. He is a unique talent. His feet are so fast and he can do amazing things with a football.
“The trouble is, as we all know, his fitness. If he’s fit then there’s no question that he has to go to the Euros.”
Sturridge has made only 14 appearances for Liverpool this season but he has still weighed in with seven goals and demonstrated that injuries have not robbed him of his clinical qualities.
His four Premier League strikes lag way behind Kane (21), Vardy (19) and even Rooney (seven), and Redknapp recognises that Sturridge has some way to go to displace the Spurs man from the England team.
The pundit explained: “If you were picking a team today for the opening game of the Euros, then Kane is ahead of Sturridge, no doubt about it.
“In terms of leading the line you can play direct to Kane, play it into feet, and he’s very comfortable on the ball.
“He’s also taking advantage of that almost telepathic link he has with his clubmate Dele Alli.”
In other Liverpool news, an in-form central midfielder has dropped a thinly-veiled hint that he could make a summer move to Anfield.