Sky Sports pundit: This senior star will leave Liverpool in the summer
By Aramide Oladipo
Phil Thompson believes that Daniel Sturridge will leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old was an unused substitute in the midweek clash against Bournemouth at Anfield.
A late Josh King goal helped Bournemouth to come away with a 2-2 draw and dent Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the Champions League places.
It must have been discouraging for Sturridge not only to see his side drop points, but also not be given the opportunity to rescue the result as Jurgen Klopp still had two substitutions to make in the final five minutes.
When speaking to Premier League Daily, as quoted on the Sky Sports website, former Liverpool defender Thompson expressed his thoughts that it would be best for both the club and the player to part ways.
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“It’s hard to build a team around Daniel because you wait so long,” he said.
“Even he would realise that. If you can’t get him on the pitch enough it’s difficult for the manager to decide how you are going to shape your team up.
Thompson concluded: “I don’t think he will be at Liverpool and I think that [is the right decision] for both parties, for Daniel and for Liverpool.”
It’s been another frustrating season for the England striker at the Merseyside club as he has only made 14 Premier League appearances this season after suffering with injuries.
Sturridge has only scored twice in the league this season with goals against Sunderland and Stoke, and he only has two assists to his name.
Jamie Carragher also shared his thoughts on Sturridge’s situation at Anfield and his comments mirror what Thompson concluded.
The Englishman hasn’t featured since early February but he could be given more chances in the near future with Saido Mane being out through injury.
In other Liverpool news, Liverpool fans react to star’s season ending injury.