By Russell Edge
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes that the Reds should try and sell striker Daniel Sturridge this summer after a disappointing spell at Anfield.
The 27-year-old England striker has scored just two Premier League goals in 18 appearances this season, and 14 goals over the past three seasons.
He has been plagued with injuries, including three separate setbacks since the turn of the year, which has limited him to just 23 starts in the league over the last three campaigns.
Former Manchester City and Newcastle man Hamann believes now is the time for Sturridge to part ways with the Merseyside club, even if it means accepting a cut-price deal for him.
He told the Mirror: “Liverpool and Sturridge isn’t working – so sell him and use the money to buy a striker who can be relied upon.
“They probably value him at £60million when, in reality, the number of games he plays makes his real value at somewhere between £15m and £20m.
“Over the last three seasons, he has only started in about 20 per cent of matches – and that’s no good to anyone.”
Sturridge’s last Liverpool goal came in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland back at the very start of January and was his second goal in three games after netting against Stoke in a 4-1 win.
His most fruitful campaign came in the 2013/14 season, his first full season at Anfield, where he went on to score 21 goals, finishing as second top scorer behind team mate Luis Suarez.
This season Liverpool have turned to the likes of Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino to fill the hole left by the 27-year-old’s absence.
Football Insider verdict:
It is fair to say Sturridge has endured yet another frustrating season with Liverpool and Hamann might well be right in saying it is time to call it a day. Jurgen Klopp will be aiming to improve on his side’s fight for fourth next season, and with European football on the horizon he needs a squad which offers quality and depth. The money which could be raised from the sale of Sturridge may just outweigh his worth in staying at the club, and there will be many suitors looking for a proven Premier League striker this summer. As for the 27-year-old, he needs to be getting as much game time as he can in what should be the peak of his career. If he can rediscover his fine form and stay injury free, then there could well be a spot on the plane to Russia for the World Cup. They won’t get anywhere near £60m but they might get a bit more than Hamann’s lower-end valuation of £15m.
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