4 reasons why West Ham should not buy Sturridge from Liverpool

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is a striker of immense quality, but West Ham should avoid the Liverpool man. Here's why.

Liverpool's Daniel SturridgeLiverpool's Daniel Sturridge

The future of Daniel Sturridge as a Liverpool player remains in the balance, with boss Juergen Klopp seemingly undecided on whether he wants to keep the striker.

As a manager Klopp likes control and he likes players who fit into his system. Sturridge is more of a free spirit and as such his opportunities have been limited under the German.

With an England international entering the peak of his career potentially available at a cut price, according to the Daily Star West Ham United are interested. But here's why they should avoid the transfer.

Injuries

Let's start with the obvious. A series of annoyingly predictable injuries has limited Sturridge to just 24 starts over the past three seasons at Anfield. Like current Hammers forward Andy Carroll, it seems inevitable he cannot stay fit.

Daniel Sturridge celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for LiverpoolDaniel Sturridge celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal for Liverpool

Wages

The Liverpool Echo reports that the 27-year-old signed a bumper £150,000-a-week contract in 2014 on the back of a brilliant campaign in which he scored 22 league goals. He will not want to be earning less than that at the London Stadium.

Loss of pace

Those injuries eventually take their toll and just like Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao before him, Sturridge's greatest asset of beating a defender with an extra yard of pace has diminished.

Although his last goal - coincidentally against West Ham - showed he can still get the better of the back line, there were also too many occasions where he could not.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Liverpool's Daniel SturridgeLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

Lack of discipline

Not in terms of giving away fouls, but tactically. It is the things that has frustrated Klopp the most and when the Reds are up against it in a game, Sturridge too often drops deep to try and join the play.

Luckily at Liverpool they are often dictating games, but would that be the case in a Hammers side who have struggled on several occasions this season?

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch