By Aramide Oladipo
Former Leeds United and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes that Liverpool must do everything to keep Daniel Sturridge at the club for next season.
The 27-year-old striker scored the opening goal in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over West Ham at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Philippe Coutinho scored twice and Divock Origi rounded off the scoring in an impressive performance in East London.
It was the first time Sturridge had started a Premier League match since the 2-2 draw away at Sunderland in January, a match where he also found himself on the scoresheet.
It’s been a very frustrating season for the England international as he has been on the sidelines through injury and manager Jurgen Klopp has preferred Roberto Firmino in his favoured position.
However, speaking on Sky Sports HQ on Monday morning, (11am), Hasselbaink stated that he feels that Sturridge is a key member of the Liverpool squad and claimed that they must not let him go in the summer.
He said: “For me, it’s a player that Liverpool need to try and keep.
“I know he’s had a lot of injuries but if there is a chance for them to overcome those types of injuries and get him on the pitch week in and week out, he’s going to be a force.
“He scores goals and he compliments the others. I think it’s going to be difficult to find another Sturridge, quality-wise, hungry-wise of goals.”
Sturridge has only made 19 Premier League appearances this season contributing with four goals and one assist.
The Englishman is likely to retain his place in the side for the final game of the season against Middlesborough at Anfield as Liverpool look to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
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