Daniel Sturridge eyes game-time in SpainDecember 12, 2017
La Liga duo Valencia and Real Betis are shock suitors for England international and Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.
The Daily Mail report that the 28-year-old has struggled to get game time at Anfield following a spell on the sidelines and could look to move abroad on loan in January to get back on the pitch.
Although Sturridge has only scored five league goals in the last two seasons, he was vitals for Liverpool during their fight for the Premier League title in 2013/14, netting 21 times in the English top flight..
Injury prone but proven goalscorer
The ex-Chelsea attacker has proven himself in front of goal with 48 goals in 98 Premier League games for Liverpool, but that has come across six seasons on Merseyside. Sturridge has had 14 separate injuries since his £12 million move north, missing over 80 matches.
In that time, Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino and Senegalese star Sadio Mane have joined the club, along with this year’s signing Mohamed Salah, all becoming invaluable to the Reds, while Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke are also ahead of Sturridge in the pecking order.
This has left the former Manchester City youth product to question whether he is happy being a back-up or needs a fresh start.
Who wants him?
Choosing the latter, Sturridge is not short of interested parties, with Real Betis and Valencia keen to add strength to their attack, yet he will demand a high price, meaning a temporary move is a more likely option.
Valencia have not struggled to find the back of the net, scoring 35 times, just three less than league leaders Barcelona, while also sitting in second place in La Liga.
Simone Zaza has been particularly influential, netting 10 times this season, while Rodrigo and Santi Mina have also chipped in with eight and five goals respectively, but Sturridge would add his poacher touch and ensure Los Che are fighting for the title until the end.
While they only have one less goal than third place Atletico Madrid, they have not settled on a starting striker, with Sergio Leon and Antonio Sanabria rotating. Sturridge can certainly steady the ship and use his experience to keep the Andalusians up.