Liverpool boss Klopp refuses to green-light transfer for 27-year-old star

Liverpool are reportedly set to keep centre-forward Daniel Sturridge this summer. 

Sturridge has been widely linked with a transfer away from Liverpool since Klopp’s arrival, having struggled to gain a place in the starting XI.

A key player under Brendan Rodgers, but one hampered by injury, the Birmingham-born has improved his fitness record over the last year, yet seems ill-fitting for Klopp’s style of play while Roberto Firmino plays as the nominal No.9.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Sturridge has drawn interest from several clubs, including West Ham United and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the German coach has ruled out a transfer, the report claims, due to the huge cost of replacing the clinical finisher in the current market.

How has Sturridge performed since Klopp’s arrival?

Appearances – The 27-year-old has played in 31 of his current manager’s 68 Premier League fixtures, and completed 0/20 last season.

Goals – After scoring at a rate of 0.63 goals per league game for Rodgers, Sturridge’s average has fallen to 0.29 since the change of coach.

Win ratio in duels – The England international had the strongest success rate (55%) of Liverpool’s forwards in 2016/17. He was much more potent on the ground (17/24 take-ons won) than in the air (3/13 headers won).