Daniel Sturridge has piled the praise onto former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, citing various aspects of his professionalism which the Liverpool striker admits he’s always admired.
Sturridge has described Drogba as his ideal sort of forward to play alongside in terms of his power and his work rate, so it’s not a wild idea for Liverpool to go and sign the player who has been described as very similar to how Drogba used to play in a Chelsea shirt.
Romelu Lukaku has been having a superb season on loan with West Bromwich Albion and he seems to be holding out for another season with the Baggies before getting a crack at the Chelsea first team.
Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he is looking for attacking reinforcements this summer and the Belgian forward could be tempted away from Stamford Bridge with the right approach and offer.
Lukaku has scored 14 goals for West Brom this season, which means he’ll be going back to Chelsea from his current loan spell full of confidence and belief that he can play at the highest level.
A Liverpool move for him makes sense because it gives Sturridge the chance to play alongside someone similar to a former Premier League striker he’s admitted made him a better forward.
Sturridge is already a very decent player as his hat-trick against Fulham and his recent brace away at Newcastle United proved, so the chance to make him even more confident and productive is something that Rodgers should definitely look at.
There are problems and the first comes in the respect that Rodgers may not be interested in a player like Lukaku, regardless of Sturridge’s admiration for big, strong and powerful forwards.
Andy Carroll is the classic example. Rodgers doesn’t seem interested in that sort of player. However, Lukaku is a much subtler and clever player than Carroll, which could force the boss to have a re-think.
The next is his contract situation at Chelsea, with his current deal expiring in 2016. That means a big fee considering he’s still only 20-years-old and that’s not something Liverpool can stretch to.
A loan deal is possible, especially if Lukaku wants to get some more experience under his belt but that just delays the problem for Rodgers, especially if Lukaku had a blistering season in a Liverpool shirt.
Rodgers has always been a great manager when it comes to listening to his players. If Sturridge says a certain type of player will make him a better striker, then Rodgers has to consider those comments.
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