By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports pundit Kris Boyd believes that striker Daniel Sturridge will have to quit Liverpool if he is to get first team football.
The 27-year-old has played 11 times for the Merseysiders this campaign with his last appearance coming mid-November in the 0-0 draw with Southampton.
Manager Jurgen Klopp had favoured usual attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino up top earlier in the campaign, but he has since moved out wide due to Philippe Coutinho’s injury.
This has then presented 21-year-old Divock Origi with an opportunity upfront, who has duly obliged with five goals in his last five matches.
It is expected that Sturridge has now fallen further down the club’s pecking order and fellow striker Boyd believes his time at the English giants is now coming to an end.
“I don’t think there’s any question about how good Daniel Sturridge is as a player, but I think his time is up at Liverpool and he’ll have to move on to find regular football,” he told Premier League Daily, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“There’s no doubt he’s a talented footballer, but when somebody is coming in and scoring goals like Origi has, every time he has come in he has not let Liverpool down, it’s difficult.
“Does Klopp really fancy Sturridge? Even when he’s fit, he’s not played a lot of football.”
Sturridge made the switch to Anfield in January 2013 from Chelsea in a £12million deal.
He has had a questionable injury record during his time at the Merseyside giants, but his record of 58 goals in 103 appearances for the club is highly impressive.
Despite Liverpool not using Sturridge this season they do currently boast the best goals for tally in the Premier League.
The Reds have scored 40 goals from their 16 fixtures this campaign and sit in second, six points behind league leaders Chelsea before Monday evening’s Merseyside derby.
In other Liverpool news, this Reds forward will struggle to get back into the side in Ferbuary.