Daniel Sturridge was coy when asked about his future following the final day of the season yesterday.
Liverpool won 3-0 against Middlesbrough, which confirmed our spot in the top four, which means we’ll face a Play-Off to get in the Champions League.
The Englishman started the game up top, but there’s doubts surrounding his long-term suitability because of his hopeless injury record.
Jurgen Klopp hasn’t been able to trust the Englishman to stay match-fit, which has restricted the striker’s chances this season. He’s scored seven goals in total, but this is far, far less than a player of his talent should be netting.
Sturridge though has claimed Liverpool and not he will decide if he stays…
“That is for the club to decide. For myself I am enjoying my football. My job is to go on the pitch and put my best foot forward,” he told ESPN.
“There is nothing to discuss really. I have two years left on my deal and I am happy here. I would have liked to have played more but I am grateful to the club for the opportunities and the manager [Jurgen Klopp] has been really nice to me.”
At his best, Sturridge is arguably Liverpool’s most effective player, which makes his failure to stay healthy all the more frustrating. There are few better finishers in the Premier League, but with the likes of Sadio Mane, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino automatic starters, Sturridge might still find himself on the bench more often than he’d like..
For us, he’s a nice option to haven’t but if somebody comes in with big money, it might be sensible to reinvest it in a forward who’s more often available and can play centrally in a 4-3-3 formation.