Steven Gerrard: This world-class Liverpool man is facing a big decision about his future
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes current Reds man Daniel Sturridge is facing a big decision regarding his future.
The 27-year-old forward has played just 12 times in the league under Jurgen Klopp this season, with 17 appearances coming in all competitions.
He has returned just two goals in the league and he has often found himself behind Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in the striker pecking order this season.
Gerrard played in the same Reds team as Sturridge for two years between 2013 and 2015 and he has labelled the England international forward as “world class.”
However, he also stated that Sturridge is facing a decision if game time at the Merseyside giants does not improve.
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“I used to love playing with him, his movement is phenomenal,” told Gerrard to BT Sport before Liverpool’s Wednesday encounter with Plymouth, as quoted by the Mirror.
“One thing you can’t knock Daniel Sturridge for is, when he gets his chance he scores goals.
“Whether Klopp’s a big fan, whether he fits in to Klopp’s system, obviously only Jurgen can answer that question.
“I think he does because when he does use him he scores his goals. The good thing about Liverpool is they’ve got a lot of options up there.
“Their two star players who are capable of making something happen are in the starting XI tonight and that’s a worry for Plymouth.
“I know Daniel won’t want to be third choice, and I know he won’t want to be a bit-part player.
“So I’m sure he’s going to keep an eye on what happens between now and the end of the season and then he’ll have to make maybe a big decision but if you’re Jurgen Klopp you want to keep him because on his day he’s world class.”
Sturridge made a £12million switch to Anfield from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the 2013 winter window.
He has struggled with injuries during his time on Merseyside, but he had remained a very important player to the team with 60 goals in 109 encounters for the club.
However, Sturridge’s recent performances against Plymouth and Southampton in the cup competitions will have done nothing to convince Klopp he is deserving of more playing time.
The player has just two years remaining on his current contract and if things don’t change for the player then he could be looking for a way out.
Football Insider verdict:
Sturridge is a quality player when given a run out in the first team and he is fully aware of it. The player has previously left both Manchester City and Chelsea in an attempt to better his career and the Reds could be the latest club he will leave on a permanent deal. The striker’s scoring rate will ensure that Premier League sides will have interest in him and they will also look to offer him a good deal, while making him their main man upfront. However, his time at Liverpool does look to be nearing it’s end with each passing match. Klopp’s system of three forwards requires a pacey man in the central role and Sturridge just doesn’t meet those requirements anymore.
In other Liverpool news, Jamie Carragher reacted to the Reds victory over Plymouth on Wednesday.