By Daniel Moxon – @dmoxon_
Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno have officially left Liverpool Football Club upon the expiry of their respective contracts.
The pair had fallen out of favour in recent times, and the club announced last month that they will now move on to pastures new in the hope of revitalising their stalling careers.
Sturridge was a lethal striker when he first moved to Anfield, scoring 11 goals in 16 games in the second half of the 2012/13 season and adding a career-best 24 strikes in 2013/14 as the Reds pushed for the Premier League title.
He would, however, be hampered by a series of injuries which limited his opportunities in the years that followed.
Despite making 27 appearances in 2018/19 – the most since his first full season on Merseyside – his paltry sum of four goals and limited effectiveness wasn’t enough to convince Jurgen Klopp he was worth a new contract.
Fresh terms were offered to Moreno, though. The Spaniard has never fully convinced since his arrival in 2014, and has failed to win back his place since losing it to Andy Robertson in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.
Just five appearances all season and only two in the Premier League seemed to hint that he was surplus to requirements at Anfield, but Liverpool – no doubt concerned by the lack of cover at left-back – offered a new deal to extend his stay.
Moreno, however, chose to reject talks, seeking a new chapter in his career where he can get back to playing regular football once again.
Marca reported last week that he has agreed a deal to sign for La Liga side Villarreal, where he would hope to get his career back on track in his own country. The move is yet to be confirmed, but that could change in the coming days – possibly even today – as the Spanish transfer window opened this morning.
Sturridge’s future, on the other hand, remains very much up in the air. Rangers are currently the favourites, with Steven Gerrard said to be keen to link up with his former teammate in Glasgow.
Aston Villa present an ideal option for the player. Born in Birmingham, he would be able to move back to where his roots are, plus the Villans’ promotion back to the top flight gives Sturridge one last shot at proving he can still perform in the Premier League.
If not, a move to the MLS is also on the table, with the player stirring rumours with an Instagram post which showed him at a meeting in New York City, just days after Liverpool confirmed that he would be leaving the club this summer.