Certainly one of the most bizarre deadline day transfer stories was that of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge being offered to Arsenal on loan.
It must be pointed out that it was not the Anfield club that sanctioned the offer but rather the player’s representatives that approached the Emirates club.
The 26-year-old forward has had something of a torrid time over the past couple of seasons. Wracked with persistent and consecutive injuries, Sturridge is like the Jack Wilshere of Liverpool.
When fit, the England international is practically unplayable. His goal scoring abilities are beyond question.
43 goals in 71 appearances for the Reds makes him one of the most prolific goal scorers per games played. The problem for Sturridge is when you add in all the games he has missed since the 2014/15 season (76), it’s clear he has been injured more often than not.
Since January however, the striker has only missed one game for Liverpool and has continued to show his prowess in front of goal. The signs are now there for him to push on an become one of the Premier League greats.
So just where did the surprise offer to Arsenal arise from? As mentioned, it was not Liverpool who made the approach but rather the players representatives. Apparently dissatisfied with his status at the club, he is willing to move.
Liverpool had other plans however and would not sanction a deal. Also, it was not like Arsenal were making any sounds to suggest they were keen on the proposed loan deal anyway.
Either way, the Anfield club have not forgotten why they signed Sturridge in 2013. In case any fans have forgotten, here are ten pretty compelling reasons.
— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) September 1, 2016
Let’s hope he can stay injury free this term because this is the Daniel Sturridge the Premier League deserves.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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