- Liverpool reportedly lower asking-price for Daniel Sturridge
- Striker edging closer to loan move to Inter Milan
- Possible exit has sparked concern over Liverpool’s lack of attacking depth
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Liverpool have reportedly relaxed their financial stance over Daniel Sturridge in an effort to accelerate his January exit.
The striker looks set to seal a loan move to Inter Milan in search of the regular first-team football he hopes can earn him a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Sturridge has only managed 14 appearances for the Reds this season having seen niggling injuries and Liverpool’s prolific front three limit his opportunities.
Liverpool have cut Sturridge’s loan fee from £5million to £1.5million ahead of his proposed switch to Italy, according to the Mirror’s Neil Moxley.
Sturridge’s likely departure has triggered concern on Merseyside over a seemingly non-existent search for an adequate replacement.
Liverpool have already come under criticism for failing to fill the gaping void left by Philippe Coutinho following his £142million to Barcelona.
Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to West Brom exposed a previously disguised lack of strength in depth, with Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke the only attacking options on the Reds’ bench.
Allowing both Sturridge and Coutinho to leave without strengthening in response is inexcusable mid-way through a season in which a top four finish in the Premier League remains in the balance.
It promises to be an interesting run up to deadline day as the pressure mounts on the club to mount a reaction both on and off the pitch.