Sturridge among many Reds set to leave

Jurgen Klopp instructing Daniel Sturridge before sending him on as a substitute in the FA Cup fourth-round loss to Wolves. Illness and inconsistent form have limited the forward's chances at Liverpool this season.
Jurgen Klopp instructing Daniel Sturridge before sending him on as a substitute in the FA Cup fourth-round loss to Wolves. Illness and inconsistent form have limited the forward's chances at Liverpool this season.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Daniel Sturridge's future at Liverpool will be reviewed at the end of the season, with the striker likely to be a high-profile departure from Anfield.

The 27-year-old England international missed the Reds' lamentable 3-1 Premier League defeat at Leicester City on Monday through illness and his long-term prospects appear bleak, as he has become an increasingly peripheral figure under the Liverpool manager.

He has started just five Premier League matches this season - and nine games in all competitions - with Klopp favouring a front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.

The forward has just over two years remaining on the heavily incentivised five-year contract he signed in October 2014 and Klopp, while a firm admirer of the player's talent, admits the future of Sturridge will be up for discussion once the campaign ends.

"I have no idea what happens in the summer," the German said.

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    Number of league starts Daniel Sturridge has made this season.

"It is not only Daniel but a lot of players. Daniel was not in training for eight or nine days because of a virus infection.

"We have to bring him back to the best shape possible and then bring this season to an end as successfully as possible.

"Then we will make decisions and speak about Daniel and any other players about what will happen at the end of the season. A lot of things will influence this and we can speak about it when it is time."

Among others who could leave Liverpool this summer are Lucas Leiva, who is out of contract, Alberto Moreno and Emre Can, who has yet to commit to a new contract and has 16 months remaining on his deal.

In addition, Simon Mignolet knows that Klopp favours Loris Karius to be the club's long-term first-choice goalkeeper and may seek a move.

Sturridge is expected to be available for Arsenal's visit to Anfield on Saturday, when Dejan Lovren should also return, having missed Liverpool's past three matches with a knee problem.

Jordan Henderson's prospects of featuring in a game with major implications for Champions League qualification (Arsenal are a point ahead in fourth place), however, are remote after Klopp admitted the midfielder was unlikely to have recovered from a foot injury.

"It looks like he will not be ready for Arsenal," he said. "We will see."

THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2017, with the headline 'Sturridge among many Reds set to leave'. Print Edition | Subscribe