Daniel Sturridge has never been truly appreciated by many Liverpool fans for various reasons, but he is a player who retains a sharp eye for goal despite lacking the explosiveness of previous years. Still only 28, Sturridge is still a dangerous option for Liverpool.
As a staunch fan, I must admit that there have been times when I have doubted Sturridge in recent months. Watching him at Anfield a few times this season seemed to support this notion that he was completely past his best, but there is still something there. A pass. A finish. A turn. A delightful passage of play with Sturridge at its heart.
Yes, Sturridge has to be a support act to Roberto Firmino. Yes, he is not Liverpool’s first-choice striker. However, this is not the time to let Sturridge go. Jürgen Klopp knows that there are many games ahead that will require the talents of Sturridge. Plus, he’s too good for the likes of West Ham United.
“It’s a story. But actually I am not really interested in stories,” Klopp rightly said. “The situation with the player is completely okay. I can imagine a player with his quality is not happy that he is not starting all the time. I really can imagine that. But that’s all.
“At this moment we need all our players. We have November, even if he feels a little different. There is around one-and-a-half months to go before the window opens and I don’t think for a second about things like this. There are so many games before then and I need all of them.”
If Sturridge does leave, he should play abroad for a club with pedigree instead of joining a club afflicted by eternal nonsense and dull owners. Sturridge being managed by David Moyes would constitute an egregious assault on all that is right in the world of football. No, he still has work to do for Liverpool, and maybe some recognition will rightfully come his way before his Liverpool career comes to an end.