Daniel Sturridge ready to quit Liverpool, reports

Sturridge has started just three league games this season
Sturridge has started just three league games this season

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is ready to call time on his injury-plagued career at Anfield, according to widespread reports.

Sturridge has started just ten Premier League games over the last two seasons as he has been sidelined with a series of injuries, amid persistent suggestions that the player is not showing enough desire to return to action.

"Your body has to learn new intensity of training and you have to learn what is serious pain or what is only pain," stated Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in November, in what many viewed as confirmation that Sturridge is not pushing himself to play through discomfort on match days.

Those comments sparked suggestions that Klopp and Liverpool were growing tired of Sturridge's enduring presence on the sidelines, with his huge wage bill a source of concern for the club as they look to free up funds for a summer of spending.

Now several UK newspapers are reporting that Sturridge is keen to leave Liverpool when the transfer window reopens, in a move that may well suit all parties.

"We hear rumours that Sturridge is not as injured as he thinks he is and it is difficult to have a player earning £150,000-a-week if he is not going to play more than ten games a season," Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge wrote in his Sunday World column last month.

"Off-loading a player who has a long-standing track record of being a resident in the treatment room would not be easy, but all Liverpool fans are fed up waiting for Sturridge to be fit.

"Maybe he is a player who will never be shed his injury problems."

The latest reports appear to suggest that Sturridge and Liverpool are edging towards a parting of the ways, with any club taking on the England striker appreciating they will be making a risky signing next summer.