The future of Daniel Sturridge has so far lived up to expectations this summer and emerged as a talking point equal in importance to the arrival of new signings.
Liverpool’s star finisher had been tipped for an Anfield exit throughout much of last season having endured another injury-plagued campaign and seen Roberto Firmino consolidate his place as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice striker.
Despite suggestions of a departure and apparent interest from Paris Saint-Germain and West Ham, though, it now looks likely he will stay put with Klopp set to block the sale of the 27-year-old.
A bright finish to the 2016/2017 campaign appears to have been enough to once again convince supporters his elite expertise in front of goal are worth keeping hold of.
To produce in the club’s decisive final two games and thereby at a time when it mattered most posed as a reminder of not only how valuable his talent is, but also his experience.
Keeping a proven goalscorer at a club that boasts an array of attacking assets can do no harm heading into what is showing signs of becoming most competitive the Premier League season yet as well as a potential Champions League campaign.
Reds fans have taken to social media to have their say…
— ⭐️⭐️Colm⭐️Brady⭐️⭐️ (@colmb8) July 2, 2017
No point selling Sturridge in my opinion. He is a quality player when fit but clubs won’t pay big money to take a chance. So keep him #LFC
— Matt (@mattlfc6) July 2, 2017
Pleased that it looks like Sturridge is staying, I do get really frustrated with the injuries but love the quality he can produce when fit
— Mark Lumsden (@lfclumo) July 2, 2017
Looking at the reports.Looks like last chance saloon for Sturridge.Last Chance!Really hope he can stay fit & just put them in the net! #LFC
— Irish Reds ??? (@LFCIrishFanzone) July 1, 2017
Glad we’re keeping Sturridge, if he can stay fit all season…. he’ll easily be one of the best strikers in the prem
— Sam Draycott (@samdraycott123) July 1, 2017
I completely agree that if there is no fitting replacement for Sturridge, just keep him. If he stays fit… oh boy, he can demolish a team. pic.twitter.com/OJSSYeTc9g
— Zac æ (@ZAC_AE) July 1, 2017
A fit Sturridge is a player we need. I’ll be happy to keep him at #LFC and hope for an injury free season.
— Dee Ní Gafraidh (@Neecy_pie) July 2, 2017
Hoping Sturridge gets a good pre season under his belt. I’m a big fan of Sturridge, when fit, he is unstoppable. Goal machine #LFC
— ?⚪?LFC?SMITH??⚪ (@TheKop2016) July 1, 2017