Liverpool: New suitor for Sturridge; CEO discusses future; former fan-favourite rejected Chelsea
To make a change from the norm, Southampton could come calling for a Liverpool player in the form of Daniel Sturridge, report the Independent. The move being prepared by the Saints is reportedly a loan move in January with a view to making the deal permanent for £25 million in the summer if he lives up to expectations.
Jurgen Klopp is believed to be happy to sell the England international to make room for more signings who he believes may prove a better fit into his preferred system and style of play.
Outgoing CEO Ian Ayre has been a controversial figure at times during his spell at the club under the Fenway Sports Group model, but the local businessman believes that the club are in a great position, as he told the media
“I think as a business now, we have great facilities, we have great people, we have a world class team of people managing and running the business day to day. And we have a great offering. We have something for everyone both in terms of where you sit, what you eat, what you buy. If we can bring success now, on the football pitch, we are really ready for it. I would argue that when I first came here ten years ago, if we had won something at that point in time, we had won the league or whatever, we weren’t ready to capitalise upon that. We weren’t ready to deliver everything that everyone would want as a result of winning. We wouldn’t be able to grow as a result of winning at that time because we couldn’t take advantage of that. And we are now, we are really in great shape.”
Former assistant manager Pako Ayestaran was a popular figure during his spell on Merseyside working along Rafa Benitez before a falling out led to his departure from the club, but he has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to join Chelsea out of loyalty to the club as he told the press:
“After I left Liverpool, one of the things I said was that I would not go to direct rivals. When Jose Mourinho was sacked, Avram Grant called me while at Chelsea and asked me to join his technical team. It was a great opportunity but I felt it would be wrong.”
Since then, Ayestaran has had a brief, but disastrous, spell as manager of Valencia, and is now back on television as a pundit.
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