Jamie Carragher has had his say on Daniel Sturridge, following the news that the striker is once again injured, and he believes Liverpool might have to start to think about selling him.
The striker’s Anfield career thus far has been blighted with injuries and the latest, coming as a shock prior to him making his return against Bordeaux this week, has left people pondering his long-term future on Merseyside.
Carragher on Sturridge
Carragher, a former team-mate of Sturridge’s from his time before hanging up his boots, has revealed that he thinks there’s only one better striker in the Premier League at the moment.
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That, however, might not be enough to save the England international.
“When Daniel Sturridge is fit and firing, Sergio Aguero is the only striker who is better than him in the Barclays Premier League. That’s how highly I rate Daniel,” he said, per the Daily Mail.
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“So it was interesting to see Jurgen Klopp say that Daniel needs to understand what real pain is.
“The one thing I remember most of all from being his team-mate is that he had to feel 100 per-cent right mentally and physically in order to play.
“Sturridge’s continued unavailability is presenting Liverpool with a problem now.
possibility of a sale?
“If they put him up for sale, every top club bar Manchester City would take him over their strikers, but how long can Liverpool wait for him to be ready?
“Do the club start to think they need to move him on, to get a good fee and save on his big wages?”
As the words come from Carragher - a man who has Liverpool’s best intentions practically glued to his heart - fans might sit up and take notice. It’s certainly an interesting prospect to consider.
With Jurgen Klopp’s regime now in full swing, it won’t be long before the German begins to filter out those he doesn’t need.
Having established a reputation as a top-class coach with Borussia Dortmund he certainly has pulling power and with Liverpool aiming to get amongst the league challengers, there isn’t really any room for players needing to be carried.
Here's what some people think:
To get rid, or not to get rid
On his day, Sturridge is certainly a valuable asset to have - as was proven in the 2013/14 campaign alongside Luis Suarez - but if consistency is the mark of a good side then Klopp might well have to consider drafting in someone who can almost guarantee him regular appearances.
Sturridge would certainly fetch a pretty penny.
Liverpool fans, what do you think? Would selling Sturridge be a disastrous idea? Let us know in the comments box below.