Danny Murphy: This senior player will definitely leave Liverpool this summer
By Matt Farr
Pundit Danny Murphy is certain that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will leave the club in the summer.
The England international has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield this season, and has been restricted to just eight starts in all competitions.
Sturridge was linked with a move away from the club in this transfer window, with The Sun reporting in December that West Ham were interested in signing him.
However, former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy believes that Liverpool will not be looking to sanction a move until the end of the season.
Murphy questioned Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for his decision to use Sturridge only sparingly this season, insisting that he was a player that should be playing every week.
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He told TalkSport: “I can’t see why Liverpool would let him go now, and I don’t think they will, but in the summer I think he’ll definitely be gone.
“He’s too good a footballer not to be starting week in, week out. There’s no doubt when he plays and when he starts he is match-winner. He has that wonderful ability to create space where there isn’t any with his great feet.
“The reason he doesn’t start we all know, he doesn’t press and work as hard as Klopp expects. It’s very simple.”
Since moving to Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013, the 27-year-old has netted 58 goals from 105 appearances, but he has often been hampered by injuries.
His inability to stay fit for a whole season could be another reason why Jurgen Klopp does not see him as a part of his long-term vision for the club, and why he could cash-in on the striker in six months’ time.
Football Insider verdict
If Sturridge wasn’t so injury-prone, he would be up there with the best in the Premier League and possibly even Europe. He is a great talent, and it is disappointing to see him spending so much time on the sidelines at Anfield. You do have to admire the form of Liverpool’s other attackers, like Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, but Sturridge is good enough to be playing as regularly as them. If his situation does not improve in the next six months, then Sturridge has no option but to leave the club. He can be a star at another Premier League club, somewhere where he can get the first-team football he richly deserves.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have rejected a loan offer for Mamadou Sakho, as they await a permanent deal.