Ever since Daniel Sturridge signed for Liverpool in 2013, he has been a key player for the Reds. The English international was not able to claim a spot in the Chelsea’s main team, so he moved to Merseyside for a fee of 15 Million, and that proved to be a big bargain for Liverpool. Even though it is Sturridge’s fourth season with Liverpool, he has got only 90 appearances for the Reds. Constant injury setbacks kept sturridge on the sidelines for a long time, but still he managed to score 52 goals for Liverpool.
Since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival there are several rumours going around regarding Sturridge Liverpool career. Some reports say that Klopp does not fancy him. Some reports say that Sturridge himself wants to move to another club. And also with Liverpool failing to get Champions League football the Englishman might really want to move. These reports must be taken with a pinch of salt but there is a possibility that Sturridge might leave Liverpool.
Sturridge is a very key player to Liverpool and if he leaves, Jurgen Klopp will have a big gap to fill. Here are three possible replacements for Daniel Sturridge that Liverpool could but this summer:
1. Breel Embolo:
The highly rated 19 year old plays for Swiss side, FC Basel. If reports are to be believed Embolo is targeted by big English clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, etc. Even though he is still in his teenage he has made 86 appearances for FC Basel and has scored 30 goals. Like Sturridge, Embolo can also play in the wings. He has also earned 9 caps for Switzerland and has scored one goal for them. He is known for his strength and flair. He is currently rated at 29 Million, but his market demand might raise his value even higher. Liverpool can get him for about 25 Million through proper negotiations and will be a great replacement for Sturridge.
2. Mauro Icardi:
The Inter Milan forward scored 16 goals from 34 appearances in the Serie A this season and became the fourth top scorer of the league behind Higuain, Dybala and Bacca. The 30 Million rated striker is known for his finishing and strength. The Argentine is also the captain of Inter Milan. Icardi has earned one cap for the Argentinean national team. The 23 year old had scored 22 goals last season (combined top scorer with Luca Toni) which shows that he is a consistent goal scorer. Mauro Icardi would be a costly replacement for Sturridge, but he is guaranteed goal scorer.
3. Kevin Volland:
The soon to be 24 year old started his senior career with TSV 1860 Munichen, where he scored 21 goals from 60 appearances. He then moved to Hoffenheim at the age of 18. Since then he has scored 36 goals from a total of 143 appearances. The 17 Million rated striker is known for his work rate which qualifies him to be a ‘Klopp Guy’. He has earned 6 caps for the Germany national team. The German has scored 8 goals and assisted 10 this season from 33 appearances. Klopp will have a clear view about Volland from his Borussia Dortmund days. And also Volland’s former teammate, Roberto Firmino, who now plays for Liverpool can convince him to join the Reds.
Honourable Mention – Divock Origi and Danny Ings:
Why bother looking elsewhere when you already have two talented strikers. One may argue that Ings and Origi are nowhere near Sturrisge’s quality. Yes, at the moment that is the truth, but that does not mean they can never reach Sturridge’s quality. If they are given the perfect platform, then who knows, maybe one of them will outclass Sturridge. Everyone saw how Origi regained his form under Klopp. At one instance Origi was considered a flop, but the young Belgian has done really well to recover his form. Origi, who is known for his pace and flair, has scored 10 goals this season. Danny Ings on the other hand is known for his work rate which qualifies him to be a ‘Klopp Guy’. Ings missed majority of his first season with Liverpool due to injury. Ings returned from his long injury coast week. A full pre-season might help Ings to become Liverpool’s key striker next season.