Graeme Souness believes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will look to cash in on both Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke during the summer transfer window.
Both strikers have struggled to make a real impact since Klopp's arrival at Anfield last October. The England international has seen his role limited by injuries while Benteke's powerhouse methods seem to fall foul of Klopp's philosophies.
But even when both have been fit, Klopp has regularly opted to play either Divock Origi or Roberto Firmino in a one-striker system. Most notably, Sturridge was left out of Liverpool's Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal.
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And Souness, a respected Sky Sports pundit, believes the German coach will not keep either Sturridge or Benteke at the club if he does not plan to be starting them. Both will be worth too much in the transfer market and cost too much in wages to keep in rotation.
Having failed to hold down a firm place in the starting line-up, Souness says the writing is already on the wall for both of them.
Writing on the wall
“Choosing Divock Origi as his main striker, before he was injured, ahead of Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge suggests the writing is on the wall for them,” the former Liverpool midfielder wrote in The Sunday Times.
“In Sturridge’s case, it’s not his quality that’s in question but his injury record. Origi is only 21, so that’s an area Klopp will look to strengthen.
“I don’t believe he is going to keep Sturridge and Benteke around the place on the kind of money they’re earning and with the fees you might get for them. They’re not going to be happy if they’re not playing.”
As previously mentioned, Liverpool can expect to generate big money if they put both Sturridge and Benteke on the market.
The Belgian was brought in from Aston Villa for £32million last summer and, even after an awful season at Anfield, Liverpool can hope to get £25m for him. West Ham have recently been linked with a bid for Benteke for that amount.
As a homegrown Englishman with a goal-scoring pedigree, Liverpool may get even more for Sturridge. Indeed, Arsenal were recently credited with an interest in signing him for £30m.
No one doubts that the 26-year-old's ability to score goals but his fitness record over the last two seasons has been awful. The Gunners have had their fair share of injury plagues in recent times and fans would not appreciate their club forking out a significant fee for a man who may only add to the problem.
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