By Harry Sykes
Jamie Carragher has claimed he will be “surprised” if Daniel Sturridge is still at Liverpool next season.
The Sky Sports pundit expressed his view after watching the striker play a key role as the Merseysiders hammered West Ham 4-0 on Sunday.
Sturridge, 27, was recalled to the starting XI and justified the faith of his manager with the brilliantly taken opening goal and a performance that fizzed with menace.
It was just the third league goal of a forgettable season for the striker and his first in any competition since the start of January.
Sturridge has frequently been overlooked for a starting position even when he has been fully fit, with manager Jurgen Klopp often preferring the greater physicality and energy of Divock Origi or Roberto Firmino to lead the line.
This has prompted widespread speculation that the England international will be offloaded by manager Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season.
Carragher has admitted that he can’t see injury-prone Sturridge in a Liverpool shirt beyond the closure of the transfer window in August.
“I will be very surprised if he (Sturridge) stays at Liverpool, you can see his quality but you just don’t see it enough because of his injury record,” Carragher said while on co-commentary duty during Sky Sports 1’s coverage of the win at West Ham.
Ironically, Sturridge has been linked with a summer move to West Ham, who are set to be in the market for a big-name striker this summer.
Despite the issues surrounding him, he has a sensational strike rate during his time with Liverpool of 61 goals in 118 appearances.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is confident of signing the next Gareth Bale for a bargain price of just £10million as the deal of the summer edges closer.