By ESPNSTAR.com Staff
With the Blues having strengthened their attack substantially during the summer, bringing in the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar, Sturridge has found first-team opportunities increasingly hard to come by in recent times.
The England international has often been overlooked for the lone striker role in the team in favour of Fernando Torres, and is understood to be seeking a way out of Stamford Bridge in a bid to rescue his faltering career.
Several top clubs have been closely tracking Sturridge's situation at Chelsea and, according to the Sun, both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have already made a bid for the striker rated at £12million
However, the Reds appear to have the upper hand in the race to sign the former Manchester City player, with Sturridge allegedly not keen to be reunited with former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs
Sturridge, while adept at playing out wide, had previously expressed his preference to play up front as a striker, and it is believed Villas-Boas will not be willing to deploy the 23-year-old in that role given that both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor can play there.
In contrast, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has very few options in the striking department and is reportedly willing to give Sturridge an opportunity to complement Luis Suarez up front.
The Reds are apparently on the verge of agreeing a £65,000-a-week deal with Sturridge, with the Birmingham-born player set to be unveiled as a Liverpool player once the January transfer window opens.
The 23-year-old has made a total of nine appearances and scored two goals for Chelsea this season.