Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Daniel Sturridge’s status as Liverpool’s main striker may be under threat with a top class forward on his summer transfer wish-list following the England international’s injury-ravaged season.
The 25-year-old marksman was expected to take over the mantle of being the Reds’ main man this term following the exit of Luis Suarez, but he’s only managed to feature in 18 of the Merseysiders’ 52 matches due to a series of fitness concerns.
Five months out with thigh issues was finally overcome with a first-team return over the winter period, but Sturridge is now once again on the treatment table with a hip problem.
His absence has led to an alarming lack of goals from Rodgers’ side, with 20-year-old wide-man Raheem Sterling the team’s top Premier League scorer with a paltry tally of seven.
And the Kop chief plunged Sturridge’s role in his side into doubt when quizzed on the situation, claiming that he needs a top class striker he can rely on in the summer transfer window:
“He’s not fit and once he can show that consistency and fitness, you can see in his performance level that it’s a high one.” He is quoted by The Guardian. “But obviously he has missed a lot of the season so we need to assess it. Either way, if he’s not available, we need to have that support.
“We have to hope with Daniel that this year was just an unlucky season and he can come back super-fit and super-strong because he has an immense talent. You can’t argue with that. He can be as good as any striker in the world with his talent.
“I need one [a striker] that is going to be playing and at a top level every week.”