Danny Mills has insisted that Daniel Sturridge’s “days are numbered” at Liverpool as the team have moved on without him.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender explained how the forward has been an “exceptional” player for the club but he can’t cut it any more.
Sturridge is out of contract at the end of the season and Mills does not expect him to get a new deal even though he started two of the final three league games of the record-breaking campaign.
“His days are numbered,” Mills said. “He has been an exceptional player for Liverpool, particularly when [Luis] Suarez was there.
“Realistically, can he get in the side going forward and replace Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane? No, he can’t. Liverpool need more competition for the front three, someone who can come in when they are unavailable or need a rest.
“Sturridge is no longer that player. He has lot that zip, probably due to all the injuries, and is not the player he was.”
Sturridge has scored four goals from 27 appearances this season, only eight of which have come in the starting XI.
His overall Liverpool record is an impressive one, with 160 matches for the club yielding 68 goals and 26 assists, including 25 goals from 33 matches in the 2013-14 season in which they finished second in the league.