End for Sturridge? Liverpool line up move for £22m Benfica striker

LIVERPOOL are in the hunt for highly rated Benfica hitman Raul Jimenez, a deal that could spell the end for Daniel Sturridge.

Any possible deal for the Mexican striker could be problematic this month, however according to reports in Portugal, a big money move could be on the cards as Jurgen Klopp looks to reshape his attacking options.

Klopp is a big admirer of the striker and is keen to step up his efforts to land Jimenez and to steal a march on any other interested clubs.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that, Liverpool are prepared to bid for Jimenez who the Portuguese giants value at around £22 million.

The preferred option for Benfica would be to cash in at the end of the season as they lead their bitter rivals Porto by four points in the Primeira League, and face Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.

Klopp has not always deployed a traditional striker this season, the German coach has been happy to rotate Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane in a front three.

A tactic difficult to argue against this season as the Reds are the Premier League top scorers with 46 goals.

This have left England striker Daniel Sturridge falling down the pecking order since Klopp arrived on Merseyside following the departure of Brendan Rodgers early last season.
The German has plumped for Divok Origi ahead of Sturridge this season if a main striker has been used, calling into question the future of the former Chelsea striker brought to Anfield by Rodgers four years ago.

Jimenez, 25, was close to joining West Ham on loan while at Atletico Madrid, but failed to show up for a medical after claiming he overslept and missed his fight to London.

The Mexican then joined Benfica for £18m helping them to win league and cup double in his first season in Portugal. Jimenez has scored nine goals for his country and helped Mexico win gold at the London 2012 Olympics.

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