Report: Rodgers never wanted Sturridge at Liverpool, tried to scupper a deal

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Daniel Sturridge is now seeking to leave Liverpool.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel,...

Daniel Sturridge's Liverpool career could come to an end in January with the striker struggling for first team football.

Sturridge has failed to convince Jurgen Klopp he should play regularly, and this has impacted his England ambitions.

Sturridge signed for the Reds in 2013 from Chelsea, but ESPN's Tony Evans claims manager Brendan Rodgers did not want him.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

The report states Rodgers actively tried to scupper a deal, doing so months earlier, only to be unsuccessful the following transfer window.

ESPN report: "Brendan Rodgers did not want Sturridge at Anfield. Initially, the deal was planned to go though in the summer transfer window of 2012.

"Rodgers scuppered the move at the last moment, much to the chagrin of the club's hierarchy. Fenway Sports Group, the owners, would not be denied. Sturridge joined the club the next January and Rodgers had to accede to his employers' wishes."

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield on November 1, 2017 in...

Sturridge's best football of his career would actually come under Rodgers' management, in the 2013/14 season.

But a year later his ongoing injury problems played a part in Rodgers' Liverpool side falling backwards dramatically and the manager was fired in 2015.

This season Sturridge has made four of a possible 12 Premier League starts, making a further four substitute appearances, and has scored twice.

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