Is Daniel Sturridge on his way out of Liverpool this summer? If you go by recent games and rumours floating around, then you would imagine so. He hasn’t started a game for Liverpool since the 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the league cup on January 25th and hasn’t started in the league since the 2-2 with Sunderland back on January 2nd.
It’s no secret that this particular author is not a Sturridge fan, in fact I’ve written numerous articles over the last 18 months, saying it’s time Liverpool and Sturridge part company.
With Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho being preferred up front this season by Jürgen Klopp, Sturridge hasn’t adjusted to being a bit part player at the club. This can be seen in his body language when he’s on the pitch. He’s just not happy.
Some fans will say what’s happening with Sturridge is disgraceful, for a player of Sturridge’s calibre, but it shows how much faith Klopp has lost in him, hence the reason I think it’s time both parties part company.
If Sturridge does leave Liverpool, who comes in to replace him? Does Klopp go for another out and out striker or does he bring in a player capable of playing in all 3 frontal positions.
If it’s an out and out striker, Klopp goes for, is French international forward Alexandre Lacazette worth a punt.
On a recent podcast I did with @PodcastingCouch, Lacazette’s name popped up. While I can’t say I’m a fan of him, mainly because he hasn’t been tried in a competitive league bar outside of Ligue 1, but Lacazette’s stats are impressive.
Since 2010, the French forward has made 193 appearances for Lyon and has scored an impressive 92 goals which equates to one goal every 2 games.
This season the 25 year old Lyon forward has made 21 appearances for the French outfit and scored 20 goals. He has created 32 chances, has a shot accuracy of 63% and on average wins 45% of his duels.
The last stat may not seem important to some fans, but as a Jürgen Klopp forward, you would be expected to chase down the opposition when you’re not on the ball and run at them when you’re on the ball.
Will FSG be willing to sanction a £50 million deal for an untested French player? I’d like to think they would, after all they wasted £35 million on Andy Carroll. It’s about time his distinction as Liverpool’s most expensive player title goes to someone more deserving of it.
Would Lacazette, be worth the gamble, again you would have to talk to someone who knows more about him than me, but with 20 goals so far this season for Lyon, he might be worth serious consideration from Klopp as a Sturridge replacement.
It’s clear to see that, Liverpool need reinforcements in attack. Currently Firmino looks spent. Hopefully, between now and May, Firmino can get back to his very best.
Having Lacazette in Liverpool’s attack, may take the pressure off Firmino to be Liverpool’s main goal threat and I would like to think that having a player of Lacazette’s quality in the Liverpool team, the team won’t be as reliant on Sadio Mané to get the results week in week out for Liverpool.
Also the more quality Liverpool have in their squad will mean that the team can push on all fronts next season and won’t be as affected by injury and player absence as they have been so far this season.
With 5/6 quality players expected to come in this summer, I hope Klopp sees the need to add reinforcements up front.
While the front trio, Liverpool currently have can be devastating on their day, the need to add to that class is a must.
With Divock Origi still learning his trade and Danny Ings, an injury worry every time he kicks the ball, an experienced attacker is a must.
Is Lacazette that player? Maybe? If not who is? Quality attackers like Lacazette are hard to find and harder to ply away from their current clubs without over spending a wee bit.
If not Lacazette, then Robert Lewandowsk will do nicely. It’s over to you Herr Klopp.
Written by @TheMoanyOne