Liverpool line-up £25m swap deal as Jurgen Klopp targets West Ham star

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Liverpool are keen on West Ham wide-man Michail Antonio and Jurgen Klopp is ready to use the Hammers’ interest in forward Daniel Sturridge to help secure a swap deal.

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26-year-old winger Antonio has started the season with a bang after completing last term on a high and is now on the fringes of the England national team set-up and is seen by Klopp as a strong option to field on the right-hand side of his line-up.

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Antonio is certainly more effective going forward but has also shown he is capable of filling a more defensive full-back role and has already netted five Premier League goals this term as well as providing Slaven Bilic with a very effective option on the flank.

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Klopp doesn’t appear to rate Daniel Sturridge very highly and the former Man City and Chelsea man must be considering his future at the club.

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The 27-year-old bagged a brace during Liverpool’s 2-1 EFL Cup win over Tottenham but has started just four of the club’s nine Premier League fixtures in 2016/17,  and was subbed on each occasion.

A move to West Ham, who could certainly do with an effective goal-scoring option, could interest Sturridge as such a switch would bring a real shot at regular first-team action and the East London side have the finances to offer a competitive salary package for the lethal finisher.

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