Not many Liverpool fans would have batted an eyelid had Daniel Sturridge been sold last summer.
The striker fell down the pecking order under manager Jurgen Klopp, but he has since had a revival.
During pre-season the striker impressed his German coach, and while a starting position was always going to be unlikely, he has secured a regular spot on the bench.
Last weekend, the 29-year-old earned a point for the Reds after coming off the bench and hitting a sublime strike into the top corner to draw 1-1 with Chelsea.
Since the 2018-19 season got underway, Sturridge has made nine appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.
In total, the striker has 68 goals under his belt in a Liverpool shirt, but his positive start to the campaign has not been good enough to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Sturridge has not played for his country since October 2017, and it looks as though the forward will have to wait even longer to earn his 27th cap.
Southgate opted not to include the attacker in his squad for Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain later this month.
Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are the Liverpool representatives in the England setup for the upcoming internationals.
On Twitter, some Liverpool fans expressed disappointment in Sturridge being snubbed, while others were happy that he did not get the nod due to fear of injury.
— Shermo (@BiggKat02) October 4, 2018
Don’t understand why our own fans want Sturridge to be called up for England? He gets injured everytime he goes and we need him right now, not to get injured in a meaningless game.
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) October 4, 2018
Sturridge should’ve been called up too
— Jordan Hendo Fans (@hendersonfan14) October 4, 2018
With the start Sturridge it has it baffles me. He has a good England record to.
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤً (@LFCLxke) October 4, 2018
— Raahil Chopra (@raahilc) October 4, 2018
No Sturridge? pic.twitter.com/mUHLXPqJcn
— Jurgen Meister?? (@SS_LFC) October 4, 2018
This is gonna sound kinda sad but I’m so glad sturridge didn’t get called up.He’s much more important to us. @DanielSturridge don’t be disheartened by not being selected. Call it a blessing in disguise liverpool needs you more. you mean more to us than u think.We can’t lose you?
— Ky???? (@kyrann69) October 4, 2018
And not Sturridge?
Good for us esp as he oft gets injured while on International duty?
— Sola Aiyepeku (@solaiyeps) October 4, 2018
it is unlucky for Sturidge but lucky for klopp and his team
— micurry (@micurry30) October 4, 2018
Gd to hear Sturridge wasnt chosen, he always gets injured with England
— Sean (@Magnificent_VVD) October 4, 2018