Had Daniel Sturridge not spent so long on the treatment table over the past season-and-a-half, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Brendan Rodgers would still be manager of Liverpool.
The English striker made 17 appearances in all competitions last season - 12 of which came in the Premier League - and has played just six times so far this term.
This has led some fans to ponder whether it would be best if Liverpool cashed in on the 26-year-old this year and used the money to buy a quality replacement. Rodgers, however, believes Jurgen Klopp should stick by the injury-prone forward.
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"Nine out of 10 players like that in that situation - you maybe would sell. In the first couple of years when we were building at Liverpool, that quartet of him, Luis, Raheem and Coutinho was incredible. They were unplayable.
"He's a player that makes a difference. When you have that type of player you want to do everything you can for them.
"In the last couple of years, it's been one thing after another for injuries. He's a really good guy, he's a great fella, he wants to play but it's just difficult for him to get that run of games, or run of training."
Sturridge is unlikely to leave Liverpool
There’s no denying that, when fit, Sturridge is one of the most dangerous forwards in the Premier League.
He was outstanding during the 2013-14 campaign - scoring 21 goals in 29 league appearances - and was unfortunate not to finish that particular season with a Premier League winners’ medal.
The reality is that no club would offer the kind of money Liverpool would inevitably demand if they decide to sell Sturridge, because of his checkered injury record.
Sturridge only signed a new long-term contract with the Reds in October 2014 and will be determined to get back to full fitness and prove his doubters wrong.
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