What's next for Daniel Sturridge?

Farewell, Daniel Sturridge?

After six years of service, Daniel Sturridge's career at Liverpool looks all but over. The 29-year-old has become surplus to requirements at Anfield since the arrival of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, with even Divock Origi now seemingly ahead of him in Jurgen Klopp's pecking order.

Sturridge has endured a frustrating spell in Merseyside, with his time at the Reds massively hindered by injuries. The 26-capped England international has scored some vital goals for the club, though, notably his sensational late strike against Chelsea earlier this season as Liverpool drew 1-1 with the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Undoubtedly a player of real quality on his day, the former Manchester City forward won't be short of options should he leave the north west upon the expiry of his contract this summer, though it is his constant battle with staying fit that has held him back over the years.

With so many attacking options available to manager Jurgen Klopp next season, Sturridge will massively struggle to nail down a starting spot in Liverpool's unbelievably talented starting-eleven. A move away from the the Reds seems imminent, but where will he go? We've explored a few likely avenues he could go down below, let us know your thoughts by tweeting us @FootyAccums!

West Brom

Sturridge spent the second part of last season on loan at West Brom, as the Baggies unsuccessfully battled relegation to the Championship. His short tenure at the Hawthorns didn't quite go to plan however, and he made just three appearances for the West Midlands outfit before picking up an injury against Chelsea last February. The 29-year-old went on to make a further three appearances for Darren Moore's side after he returned from injury, but sadly couldn't prevent them being demoted to the second-tier.

There is absolutely no chance Sturridge will move to the Hawthorns permanently unless West Brom are promoted back to the top flight via the play-offs. However, if they do manage to overturn their one goal deficit against Aston Villa this evening, and beat either Leeds or Derby in the final at the end of May, a move back to the newly promoted side could be on the cards, especially considering the club are based near Sturridge's hometown of Birmingham.

Newcastle United

Sturridge played under current Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez at Chelsea, and the pair could well be reunited this summer as Newcastle will look to fill the void left by Saloman Rondon, should the Venezuelan international depart the club. Rondon has been one of the standout performers at St James' Park this term, scoring 11 goals in 32 appearances as the club obtained a respectable 13th-place finish, but is only on loan at the Magpies from West Brom; should the Baggies refuse to sell him, Benitez will be forced to look elsewhere for a likely replacement.

Sturridge would flourish at Newcastle, he'd be the main man in a side with much different objectives to Liverpool, which could kickstart his career once again after a period of obscurity at Anfield. Ayoze Perez will also be a man in demand this summer, after the Spaniard enjoyed a fantastic campaign this time out. Should Perez depart, it would free up some funds for the club to use on Sturridge's reported £120,000-a-week wages.

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The 29-year-old played under Benitez at Chelsea.

West Ham United

With question marks continually surrounding the future of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, West Ham could be in the market for a new striker this summer. The Hammers are one of the few clubs who could match Sturridge's high wage demands, while the allure of a return to London could also work favourably for Manuel Pellegrino's side.

West Ham will have aspirations of breaking into Europe next term, but with the injury-stricken Andy Carroll finding it impossible to remain fit for any longer than three months, backup will definitely be required up front if the Irons are to mount a serious challenge for the top seven. Of course, Sturridge also has his injury issues, however it could be worth the gamble as on his day he is a proven goalscorer who also possesses bags of experience in the Premier League.

Leicester City

Daniel Sturridge's best ever season was under the guidance of now-Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, when the pair were both at Liverpool in 2013-14. Sturridge scored 21 goals in 26 appearances as the Reds came painfully close to winning the Premier League, more importantly remaining injury-free throughout. Rodgers knows exactly what the former England man is all about, and could well get the best out of him at the King Power next season, partnering him up front with ex-international team-mate Jamie Vardy.

Combined, the pair would be such a huge attacking threat, which would hopefully help to better the club's ninth-place finish this season. With Shinji Okazaki departing Leicester after four years of sporadic service in the East Midlands, Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho are the only two strikers remaining at the King Power, so a move for Sturridge would make perfect sense.

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Sturridge displayed some of his best ever form under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

Wolves

Perhaps the most likely destination for Sturridge is Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nuno Espirito Santo's exciting side took the Premier League by storm this season, obtaining a seventh-place finish in their first season back in the top flight since 2012. With it looking all but certain Wolves will be competing in the Europa League next term, barring an unlikely slip-up from Manchester City in this weekend's FA Cup final, the West Midlands outfit will desperately need to add to their current crop of players if they're to be able to compete fully in both the league and Europe.

Raul Jimenez and Diego Jota have rightly earned their position as the front two for Wolves, but with such an intense schedule next season, the addition of a player such as Daniel Sturridge would only further strengthen them moving forward. Again, just like West Brom, Sturridge's connections with Birmingham would also play a massive factor in this potential move - it all just makes so much sense, doesn't it?


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