James Pearce has revealed today in his exclusive Q&A with the Liverpool Echo that he’d “be amazed” if Daniel Sturridge extended his stay at Anfield beyond this season, with the striker certain to move on upon the expiry of his contract.
“I’d be amazed if he stayed beyond this season”, Pearce stated in response to whether Sturridge will move on in the summer.
“I just don’t think a new contract makes sense for either the club or the player.
“He could make a lot more by leaving as a free agent.
“That great start to the season by Sturridge is now a distant memory. It’s crazy to think he hasn’t scored since that stunning strike at Chelsea in September.
“It was telling that Origi got brought on ahead of him on the weekend.”
After an encouraging start to the season with a vital goal against PSG and a strike at Stamford Bridge which remains a goal of the season contender, Sturridge’s form has really fallen off since then, failing to score in 13 appearances since the end of September.
With the previously marginalised Divock Origi now ahead of him in the pecking order, it speaks volumes of Sturridge’s future at Liverpool and it would come as a massive shock if he signed a new deal.
Rumours of a move to Spurs circulated yesterday but any move would be beneficial for all parties; arguably one of the most naturally talented strikers Liverpool have ever seen, it is a tale of injuries ruining a very promising career.