Discussing Daniel Sturridge’s potential summer departure from Liverpool has grown to become somewhat demoralising.
Reds have been desperate to see the striker kick on from his emphatic 2013/2014 campaign and fulfil his an undoubted ability to become one of the most feared forwards in the Premier League.
Recurring injury setbacks and questions over his adaptability to Jurgen Klopp’s playing style, though, have seen him endure two incredibly frustrating seasons.
It seems his time at Anfield could now be coming to an end as Liverpool prepare to raise funds with the money his availability on the market is likely to draw.
£40million has been outlined as the fee Liverpool would demand for Sturridge if he does decide he wants to leave the club this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
A sum that seems relatively high for a man who has played a limited amount of football yet one that could well be matched given the hope that he can once again rediscover his top form.
The 27-year-old has scored 59-goals in 115 appearances for the club, an impressive tally but one he has been stuck on for some time and one a player of his talent should have easily exceeded by now.
Sturridge has been subject to interest from both Paris Saint-Germain and most recently from West Ham, with manager Slaven Bilic an admirer of the former Chelsea man.
He finds himself at a stage in his career where he has to be playing football, especially for the sake of his international career with England. Liverpool’s final four games mark not only the team’s decisive push for a top four spot but also a stint in which Sturridge has to make the most of every opportunity he gets.
Four games in which supporters will be eager to see him get back on the score-sheet.