Mark Lawrenson believes it is time Daniel Sturridge starts playing through the pain barrier before he is offloaded by Liverpool.
Sturridge picked up a fresh foot injury prior to the Reds' 2-1 victory against Bordeaux last week.
The England international has been riddled with injury for the past season-and-a-half and virtually missed the 2014/15 campaign due to a series of setbacks.
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Jurgen Klopp is yet to see Sturridge in action and will be getting increasingly frustrated, and said the striker has to manage pain much better on Friday.
With the January transfer window looming, there could be the temptation for officials at Anfield to offload Sturridge, who joined the club in 2013 from Chelsea for £12 million.
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And Lawrenson feels the 26-year-old must start playing with discomfort if he is to remain a key player at the Merseyside outfit.
"Maybe the time has come for Daniel Sturridge to bite the bullet – before Liverpool decide to," the BBC pundit wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
"Nobody wishes somebody to be injured. Let me tell you, it's a nightmare as a player to be sidelined for a lengthy spell of time.
"The latest setback for Sturridge will have come as a huge blow, mentally as much as physically.
"But now the striker has to put himself on the line.
"Jurgen Klopp mentioned on Friday that Sturridge needs to learn the difference between serious pain and only pain.
"Sturridge, then, may have to start playing through the pain barrier.
"Not every feeling of discomfort or pain is an indication of a major injury. It may just be a small problem – as it appears in this case – or something that can be got through without the need for any major rehabilitation or surgery."
During his time at Liverpool, Sturridge has missed almost half his team's matches.
Whether it is his thigh, hamstring, foot or calf, the Birmingham-born forward has the mentality of only playing when he is 100% fit and ready.
It's understandable why he's been given plenty of time at Anfield. Having netted 42 goals from 70 appearances, his record is impeccable and he has the ability to win matches single-handedly.
He's played just four times this term but has two goals to his name. His brace against Aston Villa clinched the three points for the Reds and he displayed all of his exuberance. Liverpool have struggled on home soil this term, particularly in front of goal, but Sturridge was magnificent against Villa and showed just how good he is in the final third.
Sturridge said he could step up when Luis Suarez departed for Barcelona in 2014, but that has been far from the case. He left Liverpool's attacking options deserted last term, with Brendan Rodgers being forced to utilise Raheem Sterling as a striker for the majority.
Sturridge no longer has it his own way in L4. Christian Benteke is still settling down, but he's already netted five times this term and the impression is that Klopp is taking a shine to him.
The German may well start revolving his tactics around Benteke, which would leave Sturridge in the dark.
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