Liverpool are lacking options at centre-forward beyond Roberto Firmino but it appears that Jurgen Klopp is likely to lose one of his alternative options in the summer.
Daniel Sturridge has struggled to make an impact this season despite an early flourish which saw him notch vital goals against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
The stunning strike which salvaged the Reds a point at Stamford Bridge hinted that the once electric attacker had turned a corner, but he has since slipped back into obscurity.
His contract is due to expire in June and Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce believes that neither club nor player are hoping to extend his current deal.
‘I’d be amazed if he stayed beyond this season. I just don’t think a new contract makes sense for either the club or the player. He could earn a lot more by leaving as a free agent.’
The manner in which the England international’s career has faded is incredibly disappointing both for Sturridge and the Liverpool supporters.
But after suffering from a succession of injury problems it’s about time Sturridge embarked on a fresh challenge. What he needs right now is minutes on the field to rebuild his match fitness and Klopp seems unwilling to provide that – which is understandable given his future is likely to be played elsewhere.
Memories of the 29-year-old attacker’s clinical past alongside Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in the famous S.S.S trio will live long in the memory, but the time has come for the club to cut ties with Sturridge.