Football editor of The Times Tony Evans has revealed that the Liverpool manager did not want Daniel Sturridge.
Tony Evans is generally a man in the know when it comes to all things Liverpool, so it was shocking to hear him tell SportLobsterTV that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers did not want Daniel Sturridge at Anfield before the club eventually signed him.
Evans is from Liverpool originally and is well-connected with all things going on at the Reds which would therefore appear to give this news some sort of credence.
Yet it seems quite hard to believe all the same. Some fans have previously accused the journalist of anti-Rodgers bias in light of his disapproval of Liverpool owners FSG removing Kenny Dalglish from his position as manager in 2012. What's more, Evans has affirmed in the past that FSG are 'assets-strippers'.
This might allow us to put his words into some sort of context in that Evans may have his own agenda by saying Sturridge was an unwanted man.
What we have is only his word against the evidence, which clearly suggests otherwise, that lays out in front of us. And that is, how Daniel Sturridge has been used since arriving at Liverpool. It can only be, for we have already seen this season and perhaps even last, that when Rodgers either does not want or rate a player, they hardly feature. Just look at Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto.
When Sturridge has been fit and available to appear, he has played. Not only played, but started nearly all those corresponding games.
Yes Rodgers had early reservations when Liverpool were first linked with the player in the summer of 2013, but once those were allayed, Sturridge became a serious target for him.
To play devil's advocate the former Chelsea man has produced such stunning form that it would have taken only a fool to drop him. However that would deny Rodger's inherent belief in the striker. Remember, he did not wait to give the striker time to make his debut and he did not pull him in and out of the side in those first few months of Sturridge's Anfield career.
Make no mistake, the Liverpool number 15 was brought in with Rodgers' full consent. Sturridge has scored 34 goals in 43 appearances overall and fully vindicated his manager's decision to make him Luis Suarez's main accomplice, the pair murdering defences up and down the land ever since. Evans? Take what he said with a pinch of salt.
Do you believe Brendan Rodgers did not want Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool?