Daniel Sturridge – what a phenomenal talent, there is no denying that at all, regardless of what people think, there are not many strikers on the planet that can offer what he does. Those that can will cost well over £50m.
There are two issues with Sturridge;
- When Klopp has a fully fit squad Sturridge will not fit into the starting XI.
- Injury issues which prevents him being available as much as you’d hope.
Recent performances have demonstrated his undeniable talent, sparking new hope amongst supporters that there still be a place for him at Anfield. This is a big U-turn as there have been numerous stories throughout the season that he is set for a move elsewhere during the 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.”
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.
“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.”
As Klopp has said, it will take a while to get the squad he needs ready for the 2017/18 Season, we will have to wait and see if Sturridge is part of his plans – I hope he is. People said we’d struggle with Mane out, whilst at times we did reverting to 4-4-2 (diamond) and playing Sturridge in the front 2 really showed we have a Plan-B.