Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the club won’t resolve the future of striker Daniel Sturridge until the transfer window reopens in the summer. The England international has struggled with numerous injury concerns over the past few seasons and his recent loan spell at West Bromwich Albion was equally disappointing with a hamstring injury hampering his gametime.
Speaking in a press conference, Klopp was asked about the future of Sturridge but he appeared to decline to come to any conclusion by saying: “We will see. It is nothing that I have thought about so far. We don’t have to make these judgements yet. There will be a pre-season next year and he is still contracted here so we will see.”
Sturridge had been one of the Reds’ leading strikers at the end of the 2013/14 campaign but he has since struggled with regular niggles which have affected his progress. The 28-year-old could be behind the likes of Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings in the pecking order by the time he returns for pre-season and his prospects of prolonging his Anfield stay appear bleak to say the least.
According to latest reports, Sturridge is apparently attracting interest from Rangers, who are under the management of former Reds teammate Steven Gerrard and a move to a new league may enhance his chances of reviving his career. Meanwhile for Liverpool, they have ended their league season on a high with a victory over Brighton & Hove Albion which has sealed their top-four spot and they can now focus on their Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.
The Merseyside outfit go into the game as underdogs against the defending European champions but their attacking brand of football has tended to outsmart the best of the rest. Mohamed Salah is likely to have an instrumental role to play after netting 44 goals across all competitions during his maiden season at the club.