Towards the end of last season it seemed certain that Danny Sturridge’s days at Liverpool were numbered.
Restricted to substitute appearances, the injury-prone forward was placed firmly behind Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi in the pecking order.
Despite his cheesestring hamstrings and cardboard knees, the England international boasts an impressive goalscoring record at Anfield.
Naturally then, several clubs (West Ham and PSG most notably) had hoped to recruit Sturridge this summer under the assumption that Liverpool would be happy to cash-in.
Jurgen Klopp is planning to keep Sturridge as his resident bench-warmer next season.
This news may please some fans who have witnessed his finishing abilities first-hand over the last few years but the reason for retaining the 27-year-old will concern others.
Klopp has been instructed to keep hold of Sturridge because it would be too costly to replace him.
Liverpool are effectively saying they can’t afford to buy a reserve forward which says a lot about their potential activity for the rest of the transfer window.
The Mirror are reporting that Liverpool’s Champions League commitments mean that Sturridge will likely be required to play a more significant role next term.
The former Chelsea and Man City man’s experience and innate goalscoring gift will be valued more by Klopp going forward.
The German gaffer was reportedly frustrated with Sturridge’s erratic form last season, despite describing the frontman as an ‘unbelievable’ talent.
Sturridge himself is hoping a full pre-season of training can transform his fortunes but will face competition from Firmino, Sadio Mane and new boy Mohamed Salah with Philippe Coutinho expected to play in a deeper role.
Just don’t expect anymore big signings arriving at Anfield this summer.
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