'Even if it's six or ten games' - Collymore hopes valuable Liverpool fringe player stays at Anfield
By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore is hoping that “valuable” Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is still at the club next season.
The 27-year-old has been a fringe player at Anfield this term, struggling for form and mainly his continual battle with injuries.
Sturridge made his first start for the club since January when he scored in his side’s 4-0 away win at West Ham last Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are on the verge of securing Champions League football for the next campaign as the fixture list will pile up.
As a result, Collymore is hoping Sturridge is still at Anfield as the Reds will either be playing Champions League football or participating in the Europa League even if it means him only playing “six or ten games”.
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“Does Daniel Sturridge have a role to play at Liverpool,” Collymore questioned on Boyle Sports’ official Twitter account. “I hope he does.
“I think it was proven last week at West Ham United what a valuable part of the squad he is. Even if it’s six or ten games in a lot of tournaments that Liverpool are going to be playing next season.”
— BoyleSports (@BoyleSports) May 20, 2017
Over the course of the season, Sturridge has played just 26 matches in all competitions, suffering hip and calf problems.
During that period, he has scored seven goals as he will be looking to fire his team into the Champions League at the weekend.
At this moment in time, Klopp’s team are sitting in the top four as they are one point ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal.
If the Merseyside club can match or better the Gunners result on Sunday then they will be playing Champions League football next term.
Klopp’s team will welcome already-relegated Middlesbrough to Anfield while Arsenal will host Everton at the Emirates.
In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp has stated who he hopes the club’s next manager will be.