Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has hinted that striker Daniel Sturridge may not play for the club again this season, reports the Mirror.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Hull City at the KC stadium, Rodgers has admitted that the forward needs help as he goes in search of finding his fitness.
Ultimately, in contrast to last season, Sturridge has endured a nightmare campaign on Merseyside, failing to play week, in week out, which has harmed the club's progression.
And Rodgers has insisted that the club will work hard with the striker in order to help him return to full fitness, but has admitted that may not come until pre-season.
Speaking to reporters about the struggling striker, Rodgers said: "It's been difficult. Daniel is a good lad who wants to play and work and help the team but it's been one of those seasons for him.
"He's been very unfortunate and we'll have to monitor day-by-day and see where he's at. When he's been fit, he's been brilliant, it's just getting him back on a consistent basis. Whether that's this season, or pre-season, has to be seen."
And, when asked whether Liverpool could invest in the striking department this summer, Rodgers revealed that it's an area the club attempt to improve on.
He continued by saying: "It's certainly an area we need to address come the summer. We have a top class striker here in Daniel but he also needs help.
"Defensively, we've been strong. But the critical area, goal scoring, is something we need to improve upon."
Change is needed
There's no doubt about it, even if Sturridge finds his form and fitness, the Reds are in need of change up top.
Ultimately, the duo of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli, who moved to Merseyside last summer, have failed to produce the goods throughout the course of the campaign, and may have to move on after disappointing spells.
The Reds certainly need a fresh look in attack, but may well have to spend big in order to get a top name to the club. One thing's for sure, Rodgers can't afford to stand still in the summer window.
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