By Wayne Veysey

21st May, 2017 | 6:13pm

Sturridge delivers emphatic response when asked if he will be at Liverpool next season

By Harry Sykes

Daniel Sturridge has insisted that he expects to be at Liverpool next season in the aftermath of their 3-0 Premier League win against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The forward, 27, claimed “there is nothing to discuss” about his future and he is “happy” to be at the top-flight giants.

Sturridge has spent the season on the fringes of the Merseysiders’ team due to Jurgen Klopp’s preference for a more energetic spearhead and a continuation of the injury troubles that have ravaged his career.

But the striker was named in the starting XI for the second consecutive match on Sunday as he began a league encounter at Anfield for the first time in seven months.

Sturridge did not get on the scoresheet but helped his side to the win that secured a top-four finish and a place in the final qualification phase of next season’s Champions League.

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The England international applauded the fans as he headed off with eight minutes to go and exchanged an embrace with Klopp on his way to the bench.

Asked afterwards if he would still be at Liverpool next season, Sturridge told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match: “There is nothing to discuss really. I have two years left on my deal and I am happy here.”

Sturridge has scored seven goals and supplied three assists from 27 matches in all competitions this season, although three of those strikes have come in the league.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is confident of signing the next Gareth Bale for a bargain price of just £10million as the deal of the summer edges closer.

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