Liverpool hopeful that Chelsea changes won’t scupper Sturridge deal

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to continue his pursuit of Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge in the January transfer window. According to the Telegraph, Rodgers is keen to boost his striking options with the signing of the England international and talks between the two clubs already having taken place at executive level.

However, there are fears at Anfield that the recent managerial changes at Stamford Bridge could plunge the deal into doubt. Sturridge had been out of favour under previous Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo but it is unknown what new manager Rafael Benitez makes of the currently injured forward.

“You never know when new managers go into clubs, but we will see what happens over the course of the market for us,” said Rodgers.

“Hopefully we can get a few in. Obviously Ian Ayre [Liverpool’s managing director] has been dealing with transfer stuff in the background and doing a great job along with the recruitment team.”

Sturridge has scored two goals from nine appearances in all competitions so far this season, after scoring 13 from 43 last campaign, the majority which came in the first part of the season under the stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas. The 23-year-old has also made four appearances for England.

Following Chelsea’s second consecutive goalless draw in the Premier League, this time against Fulham, the European champions currently sit third in the table, seven points behind leaders Manchester United.

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