Martin Keown comments on Daniel Sturridge - Paris Saint-Germain link

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The 26-year-old Liverpool ace has reportedly attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

BBC pundit Martin Keown has claimed to The Mail that Daniel Sturridge's reported link to Paris Saint-Germain is "absolutely stunning" and believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be tempted to accept a possible bid.

Speculation is rife that the big-spending French outfit are lining up a £50 million offer for the 26-year-old (The Sun), who they view as the man to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Paris, with the Swede out of contract this summer.

Sturridge has a lengthy history of injury problems, restricting him to just 12 Premier League starts since August 2014.

But although Keown states that manager Klopp might think twice about selling him, the Arsenal legend hopes that the former Manchester City starlet stays on Merseyside.

"I think that would be absolutely stunning - he has hardly played! Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a very naturally gifted player and now he looks to have a manager who understands him," he said to The Mail.

"I hope he stays where he is – we could finally see the best of him over a long period – but it may be tempting for Jurgen Klopp to cash in for that money. You could imagine half of the Bundesliga turning up in the summer!

"But all well-drilled teams have star players, and he is definitely Liverpool’s. They will have to weigh up what they can get from him in terms of reliability and consistency, with what they could do with money. Is he just an icing-on-the-cake player or is he integral to them going forward? Klopp needs to decide."

 

Sturridge's talent, technique and goalscoring prowess are undoubted, but his well-documented injury worries perhaps make him something of a liability for the Reds and, if the £50 million report is accurate, Klopp will think long and hard as to whether the deal is too good to turn down.

 

Sturridge, who has four goals from five Premier League starts this season, is contracted to the club until 2019.

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