16 May 2017

Anfield Update: 'Brilliant' £40m attacker confirms he could be at Liverpool 'next season'

Daniel Sturridge is finally back on the scoresheet, and after helping Liverpool to a vital win against West Ham at the weekend, the striker is seemingly back in everyone's good books. Will he still be at Anfield next season, though?

When asked on Sunday about his future, Sturridge told reporters:

“We'll see. I don’t have any worries about next season. I am looking forward to this last game. We need the three points of course and then we’ll be in the Champions League.”

Sturridge's comments can be interpreted in two ways:

* He has 'no worries about next season' because he's already decided on his his next team, or:

* He's definitely staying at Liverpool next season.

Whatever the reality, it's interesting to note that many news providers failed to include the 'we'll see' part of the comment in their articles. The Liverpool Echo, for example, left it out, which makes it sound like Sturridge plans to stay at Liverpool.

Ex-Red Danny Murphy believes that Sturridge is on the way out. In a recent column for the Evening Standard, Murphy hailed Sturridge as 'one of the best finishers in England', and insisted that it's in his 'best interests' to quit Liverpool:

"Sturridge will not play regularly for Liverpool to get the fitness and consistency he needs, and I can see West Ham signing him if Andy Carroll leaves the club".

Sturridge is reportedly interested in signing for West Ham, and if that's the case, he probably sealed the deal with his performance on Sunday.

According to odds from 888sport, Liverpool are currently 1/9 to finish in the Premier League top four, and the brutal truth is that the Reds have maintained a top four place this season without Sturridge. I'm sure this will factor into Jurgen Klopp's thinking when transfer offers inevitably roll in this summer.

After Sunday's 'brilliant' performance, Sturridge clearly deserves to start the final game of the season, even if Roberto Firmino regains his fitness. Why take a scoring striker out of the firing line, especially if he's fit?

* Sturridge: £40m-rated.

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