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6th Dec, 2016 | 9:36am

Liverpool should sell this striker in January and fast-track brilliant academy star

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Liverpool should sell Daniel Sturridge in January because of the rise of the brilliant academy youngster Ben Woodburn.

The 17-year-old’s emergence in Merseyside has provided further competition for Sturridge and it could be the final push needed to encourage the club to sell the striker.

Sturridge has made just four league starts this season and is yet to score a goal in the Premier League due to restricted opportunities.

He clearly has bags of talent and when on form, he can be one of the best strikers in the Premier League but injury setbacks and inconsistencies have limited his role under Jurgen Klopp.

Since the German arrived, Sturridge has only started 13 league games and has played second fiddle to both Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino throughout must of his reign.

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The England international has clearly fallen down the pecking order but Woodburn’s arrival on the scene has presented a new problem for Sturridge.

The academy starlet became the club’s youngest ever goal-scorer during the 2-0 victory against Leeds and he clearly has a bright future at the club after making his Premier League debut over a week ago.

Klopp is keen to develop the squad around youngsters and has already handed debuts to Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria, Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sheyi Ojo.

Woodburn is a long-term prospect and that means Sturridge’s future at Liverpool has come under question. While his market value remains high, the Reds should look to off-load him this season.

In other Liverpool news, there was a shocking clause in Mario Balotelli’s contract.