Daniel Sturridge's representatives were keen to find the striker a way out of Liverpool and reportedly offered his services to Arsenal on transfer deadline day. The England international has cut a frustrated figure in recent weeks after losing his place in the starting XI, while also being played out of position by Jurgen Klopp.
According to Goal.com, Sturridge's representatives contacted the north London club about signing the striker on a temporary basis due to his struggles for regular game time at Anfield. The Merseyside club, however, were having none of that and made it clear that he will remain with Liverpool and will under no circumstances be allowed to join a direct rival.
The Gunners were linked with a move for the former Chelsea forward earlier in the transfer window, but failed to make a concrete move. Arsene Wenger was in the market for a forward and after failed moves for Alexandre Lacazette and Jamie Vardy, the club made a move for Lucas Perez, who became the French manager's fourth summer signing.
The Spanish forward's arrival combined with the signing of Shkodran Mustafi took Arsenal's spending close to the £100m ($131m) mark. But the report claimed that the Emirates Stadium outfit were ready to add to their squad if a top quality player became available. Sturridge can be classed in that bracket owing to his goal scoring exploits in previous seasons despite struggling with fitness issues.
The 27-year-old forward has expressed unhappiness about being played out of position by the manager this season. He has been deployed on the right wing by Klopp with the German manager preferring to play either Divock Origi or Roberto Firmino as the central strikers in the first three Premier League games. And despite the club possessing multiple options in attack they are keen for Sturridge to remain at Anfield.