Liverpool sep up interest in Sturridge and Ince

Liverpool are gearing up for a big January spending spree, with Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge and Blackpool youngster Tom Ince high on their shopping list, reports The Belfast Telegraph.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to add to his strike-force that boasts only one player who has scored more than a single goal this season, that being Luis Suarez. With Suarez suspended on the weekend for Liverpool’s trip to West Ham and Fabio Borini still recovering from a broken foot, Rodgers was forced to field midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as a makeshift striker. The addition of both Sturridge and Ince would ease the pressure on Suarez, who’s Liverpool’s reliance on for goals is being highlighted.

Sturridge, who has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, has made just one Premier League start this season for Chelsea, and has only one goal to his name in 12 appearances. With Fernando Torres and Victor Moses now the preferred strikers for new manager Rafa Benitez, as well as a host of attacking midfielders including Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata at his disposal, it is reported that Sturridge, 23, will look for regular football in January via a transfer. A £12 million price tag is expected to accompany the England international if any transfer is arranged.

Tom Ince, 20, has 13 goals in 19 appearances for Blackpool so far this season. Now in his 2nd full season with the Championship outfit, Ince is expected to attract a lot of attention from bigger clubs, especially with Blackpool sitting in mid-table in the Championship and unlikely to be reaching the playoffs. Ince is reported to fetch a price in the region of £6m.

Liverpool have scored 22 Premier League goals this season and conceded 20. A lack of strike-power has led to Liverpool having drawn seven games, the 2nd most draws in the league.

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