The Metro claims Liverpool are looking to tie down the future of striker Daniel Sturridge with a new long term deal at the club.
Sturridge’s importance to the current side was elevated following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and he started this season well before picking up an injury during the international break.
Seemingly keen to prevent the chance of another top player leaving, the paper suggests that officials at the club have been talking to Sturridge about a new deal for much of this year.
“A new deal is believed to have been on the cards since early this year, but talks were delayed due to Sturridge’s involvement in the World Cup over the summer.”
We’ve looked at three key questions and some initial reaction from Liverpool fans.
Why has it taken so long?
It’s a good question and one that plenty of fans will be asking. His current deal doesn’t expire until 2018 so the club have been under no pressure to extend the deal quickly. Sturridge may also have been waiting until the summer to see if Brendan Rodgers would extend his contract, which he did.
Suarez left after a signing a new deal, what’s different?
Sturridge is reliable, consistent and relatively predictable. Suarez was a world class player but he showed during the World Cup that he does things which he can’t control and that puts his club side in a difficult position. Sturridge as at the most advanced point in his career he’s ever been and he owes that to Liverpool.
What are the terms being proposed?
The report suggests that a new deal will replace Sturridge’s current deal, extending it by a single year. Reports suggest that Sturridge will be rewarded with a pay increase up to around the £140,000 mark.
Here’s some initial reaction from Liverpool fans.
Sturridge deserves to be one of the club top earners, good for him— Le Vranbor (@Vranborche) September 10, 2014
I doubt we'll offer Daniel Sturridge £140k a week— The Barbadian Prince (@keswickbro) September 10, 2014