Demetri Smith explains why it would be wise for Liverpool to sell Daniel Sturridge this summer and reinvest in a forward that Jürgen Klopp can truly appreciate.
The case of Daniel Sturridge is a curious one. Injuries have plagued his time at Anfield and led to a rocky relationship with the Liverpool faithful.
There is no denying his talent. In the 13/14 season, he formed one of the most formidable strike partnerships the Premier League has ever seen with our former striker, Luis Suarez.
To say Suarez’s role was more significant than Sturridge’s is undermining and quite frankly ridiculous. However, that is a different conversation for another day.
Right now, Liverpool are in one of the tightest races of recent times for top four and I’m going to explain how I believe Sturridge can help but also why a parting of ways is best for both parties as Liverpool Football Club enter a new stage of the Jürgen Klopp era.
How can Sturridge help now?
Firstly, it makes sense that with five games left we look at the present. Sturridge can have a part to play and how big the part will be depends on him.
As a starter, under Klopp it doesn’t seem logical, the Liverpool boss demands everything that Sturridge doesn’t have: work ethic, passion in abundance, teamwork.
Klopp appreciates what he does have which is clear to see from the fact that he has been glowing in his praise of Studge and the fact that he is still at LFC after the major clearout of last summer.
Sturridge relies on flair and skill but that’s not what Klopp demands, he sees it more as a luxury rather than a necessity.
The Englishman’s successor Roberto Firmino gives Klopp everything he wants in excess and still has flair to top it off. Starting shouldn’t be an option but coming off the bench, he could be key.
His skill and finishing ability against tired legs late on could be the difference between one point or all three.
With Liverpool’s fixtures being against weaker sides it is more likely that we will have a greater possession of the ball. That’s where Sturridge comes into his own, when he has time on the ball he can pick out a perfect pass or a match-winning goal.
This has been evident many times in his Liverpool career. Most recently was Stoke away, Sturridge played an outside of the foot pass which got Liverpool up the pitch and resulted in a goal in a must win game.
That was his first real contribution since coming on, reinforcing my point that against tired defences, giving Sturridge a free role to cause havoc could prove the difference between achieving top four or failing to achieve Liverpool’s one and only remaining goal.
Why Sturridge should leave this summer
After this season comes to an end, there are more pros than cons to Sturridge leaving the club.
Liverpool are entering a new era and Sturridge won’t want to play the bit-part role that he is currently.
Due to his veritable goal scoring talents, many clubs in the Premier League would be happy to sign him. With the transfer market in its current state, we could demand up to £30 million for the England striker and use it to invest elsewhere.
Strikers like Christian Benteke are going for extortionate prices so it’s only fair that Liverpool do the same when it comes to one of our most talented assets.
If we could use that fee to reinvest into a striker that gives Klopp what he wants and Sturridge gets a move to a club that plays for him, it would be in the best interests of both the club and Daniel Sturridge.