Many have seemingly already made up their mind when it comes to deciding what is next for Daniel Sturridge yet Jurgen Klopp has refused to shed any light on the striker’s future.
A summer departure has become increasingly likely with the England forward having failed to cement a starting place under Klopp due to injuries and an inability to rediscover his top form.
His 20-minute cameo in last weekend’s 2-1 over Stoke, no matter how brief, did trigger some Reds to question whether it would be right to let him go, whether he can still offer this club something and whether he can drive this team to a top four spot.
Accepting the idea that he could leave is understandably difficult purely because Liverpool supporters have seen him at his best and know what a special talent he is or perhaps could have been.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo about the forward, Klopp said: “There is nothing to say here first of all. Even when it would be clear whether he leaves or he stays then nothing to speak about here.”
“The thing is that it was not an easy season so far but there are still six games to go and he is back. I’m happy about this.”
“He had an impact when he came on against Stoke. We have to decide always after the few sessions he made, like I said after the game, ‘how long should we force it or try to use his freshness when he is coming on?’ That is my decision at the end.”
“I don’t think a second with the actual squad about the next season. We are in the season and around this we plan different things like transfers, as you can imagine, but who will leave we have never thought about it.”
His current tally of 59 Liverpool goals could and probably should be significantly higher. A fully-fit Sturridge playing high on confidence is as prolific a goal scorer as a manager could wish to have in his team.
Whether it be at Liverpool or somewhere else, we just hope he can start playing regularly and scoring goals again. A man of his talent deserves it.
There are only six games left. Six games in which Sturridge can still make a significant contribution to Liverpool’s top four charge.