Daniel Sturridge is willing to quit Liverpool in January to give himself a viable chance of making England's World Cup squad. The 28-year-old striker has failed to get off the bench in the Reds' last two games despite scoring in the two games before that, implying that he will not be an integral part of the squad in the months to come.
The Mirror reports that Gareth Southgate's decision to not pick him for the squads against Germany and Brazil acted as a wake-up call for Sturridge, who realises that his situation won't change much if he decides to sit on his heels. His camp is hoping that the Reds will let him go without any hue and cry with a loan deal also on the agenda for the England international.
Since arriving from Chelsea in January 2013 Sturridge has netted more than 60 goals, albeit most of them coming in the first two years of his transfer, which was followed by a spell continually dogged by injury. He signed a new five-year deal in 2014 but despite entering the period when clubs would typically open talks over an extension, there has been no deal forthcoming from the Kop.
Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe are also competing for a berth and Sturridge's failure to play in the first eleven has greatly hindered his chances of going to Russia. Jack Wilshere is another player who is trying to get into the fray but lack of starts in the league for Arsenal aren't helping his cause.
The former Manchester City man netted against Huddersfield and Maribor before the international break but has not managed to get into the team since, not helped by the fact that the Reds have struck a rich vein of form in recent weeks, dispatching the likes of West Ham and Southampton in the league, scoring seven in the process.