Liverpool ready to sell Daniel Sturridge as Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle consider offers

David Cooper 12/01/2018
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Sturridge has netted just three times this season.

Daniel Sturridge is expected to leave Liverpool during the January transfer window after the Kop club revealed they are prepared to listen to offers for the 28-year-old.

The Reds, according to the Liverpool Echo, would command at least £30m for his services as Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle all line-up to inject their squads with some much-needed firepower.

Sturridge has featured just 14 times in all competitions this season and struggled to hold down a regular spot with the form of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and of course Mohamed Salah keeping him out of the side.

However, if the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker still harbours hopes of being selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia this coming summer, then he needs to get more minutes on the pitch.

While Liverpool are set to hold firm over their asking price for Sturridge, it is also possible he could leave the club on loan this month.

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Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are 'out of their minds', says Fabio Capello

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Former England manager Fabio Capello branded feuding managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte as “totally out of their minds” for letting their public spat get out of control.

Chelsea manager Conte and Manchester United‘s Mourinho have been engaged in a war of words in the build up to next month’s clash between the two sides in Old Trafford.

But Capello believes both men have lost control and that fellow Italian Conte may have underestimated how well Portuguese Mourinho handles the press.

“I think Conte didn’t realise who he was up against,” Capello told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s the Chelsea shirt which makes managers nervous. Remember how wound up Mourinho got when he was Chelsea manager? Conte’s just doing what Mourinho used to do.

“We all remember Mourinho on his knees in the middle of the field, running wild after his side won.”

Conte and Mourinho have been arguing since the Portuguese suggested his rival was a “clown” for being so animated on the touchline.

Conte responded by saying Mourinho was “senile” and “a little man” for making references to the Italian’s ban in Italy over alleged match-fixing, which he was later exonerated in 2016.

“They’re completely out of their minds,” said former Real Madrid manager Capello, now coaching in China with Jiangsu Suning.

“I never thought it could get this far. But remember, when you wind Mourinho up, he’s very clever in these debate situations. Maybe once again he just wants to divert the attention from his team.”

“I don’t think that Conte has realised who he has been dealing with yet. In my opinion, he should have said just one thing. If Conte used the ‘senile’ word he certainly made a mistake.”

Meanwhile, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the feuding pair will soon make up.
“You’ll see, they’ll meet and it will end up with tarallucci and wine,” the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Thibaut Courtois wants Chelsea to be more clinical in front of goal

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Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea must be more ruthless in front of goal.

Antonio Conte‘s Blues were held to a goalless draw in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Arsenal.

They also failed to score at Norwich on Saturday, prompting an FA Cup third-round replay next week.

“Against Stoke we scored five goals but against other teams we have maybe missed too many chances,” Courtois told chelseafc.com.

“Like 2-2 at the Emirates (on January 4) and 0-0 last night and at the weekend against Norwich, maybe we have to score more goals from the chances we create because I think we create enough danger, but we need to finish it as well.”

Defender Antonio Rudiger added in the London Evening Standard: “I think the last pass is missing, the final part to score the goal. There weren’t a lot of chances against Arsenal but some were there. We have to kill a match off.”

Chelsea head coach Conte insisted it was not merely the forward players who are culpable, pointing to two missed headed chances by defender Andreas Christensen against Arsenal, who host the second leg on January 24.

“We are conceding less than last season, but we are not scoring like last season. We have to improve,” Conte told Chelsea TV.

Despite Conte’s comments and his support for Alvaro Morata, it appears the Spain striker is feeling the burden of expectation.

Morata scored seven goals in his first eight appearances following his £58million move from Real Madrid, as a replacement for Diego Costa, but he has since netted just five times in 21 outings.

Rudiger added: “As a striker it’s normal that you want to score. Of course there are times when the head is down a little bit.

“I’m not worried about him. The whole team is with him and I think all the fans are with him.

“It’s just a difficult period for him. Sometimes there are spells when you score and don’t score, but his effort for the team is good and he always tries. If he scores again, everything will be fine.

“Can he win the second leg against Arsenal for us? Definitely. We saw it in the last round against Bournemouth. He had one chance and scored. When he does this again, everything will be OK.”

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