Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge appears to be ruled out until the new year after his recent hamstring injury and it prompted an angry reaction from Reds' fans.
The 26-year-old has made just 24 appearances since the start of the 2014/15 season whilst still collecting his reported £120,000 per week wage.
The Anfield club must have paid an absolute fortune in wages to the injured striker, not to mention the hospital bills for the private scans and operations he has needed.
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Two weeks ago, Sturridge made a long-awaited return to the first-team against Southampton in the Capital One Cup, scoring two impressive goals as he looked back to his best. Following that match, Liverpool fans were in full support for their striker, believing that he may finally be over his injury problems.
Terminate his contract
But this latest injury news is the final nail in the coffin for the Anfield faithful with calls for Sturridge's contract to be terminated.
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It is believed that his current deal doesn't expire until June 2019 which means the club face another three-and-a-half years of paying over £6 million-a-year to the crooked England international.
But surely, the club need to strike a deal with Sturridge to sign a pay-as-you-play contract. There should be a basic weekly pay of around £20,000 but an additional, more substantial amount if the player actually makes an appearance.
This would stop Liverpool paying millions for a player that is sitting on the sidelines for the majority of the season.
It may also encourage Sturridge to get back to fitness quicker, knowing that he needs to play if he wants to earn a decent wage.
A pay-as-you-play contract would be the ideal compromise for both the club and the player.
Selling a player of Sturridge's quality could be dangerous. After putting up with his injury problems for many years, it would be typical for him to sign for another club and have a long spell of playing week-in-week-out.
There is no denying that his goal-scoring record for the club is nothing short of incredible. Despite struggling with injury for most of his Anfield career, Sturridge has still managed 37 goals in 60 Premier League appearances.
That is why a pay-as-you-play contract needs to be sorted. Selling a player of world-class quality could be a foolish move but paying a player millions of pounds a year to play a handful of matches is equally foolish.
Sturridge would probably be reluctant to sign a new deal considering he's on a lucrative contract until 2019, but it could be the only possibility to save his Liverpool career.
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