By Dominic Toner
Phil Thompson believes that Liverpool should sell senior pair Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno in the summer transfer window.
Sturridge, 27, has endured a frustrating season at Anfield and is currently not involved in the club’s starting line-up.
The English striker has been used mainly as a substitute this campaign and has been unable to match the high intensity style of manager Jurgen Klopp.
Meanwhile, defender Moreno has been even more out of sorts and has lost his position at left-back, with midfielder James Milner taking over the role.
The 24-year-old has been regularly criticised since his arrival in 2014 for his defensive qualities and he has made just 14 appearances this season across all competitions.
Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool player Thompson believes that the Merseyside club should allow Sturridge to leave so he can search for first-team football elsewhere.
“I think he’ll want to go to get first-team football and Klopp would let him to bring in somebody more fitting to his style,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
Thompson also says that Moreno’s stint at the club is coming to end after falling out of favour this season.
“He will leave for sure. If James Milner, a ring-winger, is keeping you out of left-back then it says to me his time is up,” Thompson said.
Sturridge has been a prolific goalscorer during his time with Liverpool, scoring 60 times in 113 appearances across all competitions.
However, he has fallen behind team-mate Roberto Firmino in the pecking order and Klopp demands a high intensity work-rate from all of his players.
Moreno has failed to dislodge make-shift left-back Milner from the side and it’s unlikely he can carve out a future at Anfield.
The Spaniard excels at attacking opponents with his blistering pace, but has struggled in the Premier League defensively.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club are plotting a move for a £30million-rated Premier League ace.