Jurgen Klopp remains tight-lipped over the future of Daniel Sturridge as speculation surrounding the striker’s position at the club continues.
It promises to be a on-going saga this summer with seemingly no decision yet to have been made on a man who has recently given fans reason to grow fearful of what a mistake it would be to sell him.
Sturridge endured another injury-plagued campaign at Liverpool but proved to be a key contributor in the club’s final two Premier League games of the season, helping his team secure a valuable top four finish.
A timely reminder of his undeniable elite talent has sparked new hope in terms of a belief amongst supporters that there still be a place for him at Anfield, despite continuous suggestions throughout the season that he is set for a move elsewhere this summer.
Commenting on Sturridge’s situation, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “Whatever I say it would be a headline and I don’t want headlines after the season. I am fine with the headlines already.”
“We speak about everything. We spoke, we speak. It’s not just a case of starting with things now.”
“It’s not just my talks, it’s talks with (sporting director) Michael Edwards, with agents or whatever. We speak to everybody. In the end, everybody will know what happens when it happens.”
“It is not always in our hands. It’s not just about Daniel. That’s how transfers work – whether someone stays or not. There are a few things still to do this summer but we have time.”
“We will look who we bring in and then we will see who wants to leave. At the end of August at the latest, then we will have a squad. It’s not very likely it will be all done on July 5.”
Klopp was speaking after watching his side win 3-0 in their end-of-season friendly in Australia against Sydney FC in which Sturridge himself scored and also registered and assist.
The latest assessment fails to shed any light over what comes next and, if anything, generates more questions than answers. Sturridge’s most recent outings have once again demonstrated how important he can be to this team, yet it remains to be seen whether signs of a revival have come too late.
Liverpool won’t find a more talented striker in the transfer window than a fully fit Sturridge, which is why many are still so keen to see him stay, regardless of his injury problems.