Liverpool: Sturridge decision made; Lallana set to return; transfer battle with Real Madrid
The Mirror report that Liverpool have rejected interest from West Ham in striker Daniel Sturridge as manager Jurgen Klopp insists that the England international still has a role to play at the club despite failing to impress enough to earn regular first team football at Anfield this season. Whether or not this is a long term measure or only until a replacement can be found is unclear, but the former Chelsea man could quickly grow frustrated, even if he is given an opportunity in the absence of Phillipe Coutinho in attack, with the Hammers prepared to pay up to £25 million for the forward.
There has also been a boost for Klopp in the news that Adam Lallana is set to return from injury for this weekend’s fixture against his former club, Bournemouth. It is welcome news given that the Reds will be without Phillipe Coutinho and it remains to be seen how Klopp will choose to line up in attack in the absence of the Brazilian on the left side of attack. Lallana has now missed two games since the end of the international break having played in every match before that, so will now be hoping to be back on the team sheet.
Liverpool are also said to be preparing a January move for young Valencia starlet Fran Navarro, claim Superdeporte, who also report that they will face competition from Real Madrid for the 18-year-old’s signature. Tipped as a hot prospect and a future Valencia star, he may follow in the footsteps of Pedro Chirivella who made his first team debut under Jurgen Klopp last season having moved from Valencia in 2013. Still yet to make his professional debut, Navarro is a left sided forward who can also play in a central role.
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