Liverpool have just lost in one week twice the number of games they’ve lost in the entire season. No one seems to know what is going on but some are starting to attribute the lack of form to the team’s transfer policy. This type of rumor is being fueled by the latest decision to let the former Chelsea and Manchester City man, Daniel Sturridge join WBA until the end of the season. While he has had his best PL years at Anfield, scoring 64 goals and providing 24 assists in 133 games, Sturridge has not impressed this season.
He lost the battle with Firmino and was again struck down by injury. In 14 appearances, the England international has 3 goals and 3 assists which is decent but not amazing. Even so, given Liverpool’s lack of recent form, wasn’t he a good option to have around? Well, to be honest, there’s a big chance Klopp did the right thing as the attack has never been Liverpool’s problem.
Best case scenario, Klopp allowed Sturridge to leave on loan to maybe sign someone by the end of the transfer window and cover some of that player’s salary expenses. Worst case scenario, no new transfer will be completed and Liverpool will continue with Firmino up front.
The decision to let the striker leave might have been also influenced by the upcoming World Cup. Sturridge was not getting much time on the pitch so his chances of playing for England this summer were slowly disappearing.
Joining WBA who are ecstatic to get such a high-rated player, will give Sturridge the chance to play more and have a real shot at getting a call from Gareth Southgate. This is probably the biggest reason why Klopp allowed the 28-year-old to leave.