After Liverpool’s 3-0 victory at Anfield over Middlesbrough, Daniel Sturridge hinted that he wants to stay at the club but that his future could be out of his hands.
Although he didn’t play a key role in Liverpool’s final win of the season, the one that secured a top-four finish, Daniel Sturridge still looked lively up front for the Reds. Crucially, Sturridge reminded fans and Jürgen Klopp last week why he is such a valuable player with his smart goal against West Ham.
This season has been another injury-ridden one for Sturridge and even when the Englishman has been fit, he has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Roberto Firmino and Player of the Season Sadio Mané.
In spite of this, Sturridge seems as though he wants to stay with Liverpool.
When asked if he would be on the books for Klopp next season, Sturridge responded rather cryptically, saying, “That is for the club to decide, for myself, I am enjoying my football.“
“My job is to go on the pitch and put my best foot forward,” Sturridge continued.
“There is nothing to discuss really. I have two years left on my deal and I am happy here.”
From what Sturridge has done on the pitch and had to say off it, there is really no reason to believe the Englishman wants a move away from Liverpool. The former Chelsea and Manchester City forward has started just 11 games for Klopp this season, only seven of which came in the league.
Of this Sturridge, said, “I would have liked to have played more but I am grateful to the club for the opportunities and the manager has been really nice to me.”
Sturridge was substituted against Middlesbrough for Divock Origi and received rapturous applause from a crowd which reminisces of the man they saw in the 13/14 season when he plundered 21 goals in 30 league games.
Klopp will have the choice to keep Sturridge on next season with the knowledge of what he is capable of when he’s fit but also fully aware that he is rarely so.
Heading into the summer transfer window, there is every chance that Klopp could bring in a more reliable forward and keep Sturridge on as a squad player – but that’s if Sturridge is willing to accept such a role.