Steven Gerrard says that Daniel Sturridge might grow tired of a bit-part role at Liverpool and might look for a move elsewhere in the summer.
Under Jürgen Klopp this season, Liverpool have risen to prominence and are joint-second in the Premier League. The Merseyside club have scored the highest number of goals in England’s top flight and are one goal shy of hitting the 50-goal mark.
This attacking threat has seen many teams opt for an ultra-defensive approach when playing Liverpool and yet the club’s most potent finisher has been on the bench for much of the season. Daniel Sturridge has been continously frustrated by Klopp’s habit of benching him for either Roberto Firmino or the enthusiastic Divock Origi.
Despite having a phenonemal goal to game ratio of 58 goals in 105 games for Liverpool, it would appear as though the Englishman’s influence on this side has diminished quite considerably in comparison with how he was valued under Brendan Rodgers in the 2013/14 season.
You could argue that Sturridge’s fall from favour has come as a result of the numerous injuries he has suffered and the time spent on the treatment table. He doesn’t seem to have as much pace as he did three years ago and it sometimes it seems as though he is holding back to avoid getting injured again.
Former teammate and captain Steven Gerrard believes that Sturridge has a big decision to make in the coming months. As is likely, if Sturridge continues to be deprived of regular game time in his preferred centre-forward role, it might come to the point where he decides to call it on his time with Liverpool and move to a club that can offer him regular football.
Speaking as a pundit on BT Sport for their coverage of the FA Cup third round replay at Home Park, Gerrard said, “I know Daniel won’t want to be third choice, and I know he won’t want to be a bit-part player.
“So I’m sure he’s going to keep an eye on what happens between now and the end of the season and then he’ll have to make maybe a big decision.
“But if you’re Jürgen Klopp you want to keep him because on his day he’s world class.”
As much as it might be Sturridge’s decision, Klopp and his coaching staff will be keen to keep the former Chelsea man on as an impact player as there is no denying his quality. That being said, it might be coming to the point where it’s right to let Sturridge go – it would make room for a new forward and give the side room to grow instead of relying on him for something special in times of trouble.
The 2017 summer transfer window will be a massive one for Liverpool on the whole as the club will likely have Champions League football to offer new recruits which will make playing on Merseyside all the more attractive.