Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes it would be 'absolutely stunning' if super-rich French club Paris Saint-Germain paid £45 million for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.
In a Q&A for the Daily Mail, Keown insisted that Sturridge is a 'naturally gifted player' and hopes he stays on at Anfield but claims that Reds chief Jurgen Klopp would surely be tempted by the prospect of offloading the forward for such a large sum.
Sturridge, of course, has endured a tricky season at Anfield - he has made just seven Premier League appearances, scoring seven goals in the process - so it wouldn't exactly come as a major surprise if the club opted to move him on at the end of the campaign.
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Keown, then, has insisted that Klopp has a decision to make over the future of Sturridge.
The ex-Arsenal defender stated: "I think that would be absolutely stunning - he has hardly played! Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a very naturally gifted player and now he looks to have a manager who understands him.
"I hope he stays where he is – we could finally see the best of him over a long period – but it may be tempting for Jurgen Klopp to cash in for that money. You could imagine half of the Bundesliga turning up in the summer!
"But all well-drilled teams have star players, and he is definitely Liverpool’s. They will have to weigh up what they can get from him in terms of reliability and consistency, with what they could do with money.
"Is he just an icing-on-the-cake player or is he integral to them going forward? Klopp needs to decide."
Ultimately, deciding to keep or sell Sturridge will prove a risk for the Liverpool hierarchy this summer. It's clear for all to see that the former Chelsea striker is one of the most talented players currently plying his trade in England's elite division, but his fitness issues have hindered him for far too long now.
How many more chances does he deserve at Anfield? Perhaps Klopp should give him another year, but if PSG really do make a ridiculous bid for his services, then you'd hardly blame the club for cashing in.
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