Carragher: This Liverpool senior star must leave club in the summer
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has claimed that Daniel Sturridge has to leave Anfield if he wants to reignite his career.
Sturridge has struggled with an another injury-hit season and has featured for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds just three times since the turn of the year.
The England striker has not been in the squad since February’s 2-0 win over Tottenham, and he has not started since the 2-2 draw with Sunderland in the opening game of 2017.
Sturridge, 27, has netted just two goals in his 14 Premier League appearances this season, although he did bag four goals in four EFL Cup games.
Despite reports that Klopp is ‘excited’ to have Sturridge back available to him, Carragher believes the striker’s future lies elsewhere.
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The Liverpool legend told Newsweek: “I don’t think Daniel Sturridge has ever been a Jurgen Klopp-type of player.
“He’s got injury problems which is an issue but I’ll probably be surprised if he’s there next season. It might be better for everyone if he moves on and tries to rejuvenate his career.”
It’s a damning verdict from Carragher, 39, who played over 700 league and cup games for Liverpool and 38 times for England.
Despite suffering heavily with injuries the past two seasons, Sturridge does still have an exceptional record in front of goal for Liverpool.
The 27-year-old boasts 60 goals in 113 league and cup competitions for the Reds, along with 21 assists.
But the England striker has only started five league games this season, as injury has held him back, before Roberto Firmino became Klopp’s number one striking option.
Whether Carragher’s prediction comes true will surely hinge on whether Sturridge can get himself fit and firing again quickly.
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