Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp challenges Daniel Sturridge to earn January transfer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp challenges Daniel Sturridge to earn January transfer

Daniel Sturridge is ready to leave Liverpool FC in the January transfer window to keep alive his hopes of featuring at the World Cup for England, according to reports in the British media.

According to Darren Lewis in the Mirror, the former Manchester City and Chelsea forward will "spark a mid-season scramble" by opting to quit Anfield, and "sources close to him are hoping Liverpool will put a realistic price-tag on his head when the transfer window reopens".

The 28-year-old netted in consecutive matches against Huddersfield Town and Maribor but has been an unused substitute for the Reds' last two matches.

The report states that Liverpool would be happy to sell the player for a fair price, while a short-term loan deal is also a possibility for the striker.

Sturridge, who has started only four of Liverpool's 19 games in all competitions this season, was left of the England squad for the global friendlies earlier this month as manager Gareth Southgate prioritised younger players like Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke.

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However, with Jurgen Klopps preferred front three of Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Sturridge has been left the scraps.

Gareth Southgate, manager of England, looks on prior to the worldwide friendly match against Germany at Wembley Stadium.

Sturridge has been unable to hold down a regular place in Jurgen Klopp's side this season following a series of injuries.

Sturridge is still hoping to make England's World Cup squad for the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation, but thinks he needs more game time than he is now receiving at Anfield in order to make that happen.