John Aldridge doesn’t expect Jurgen Klopp to sell Daniel Sturridge in the January transfer window.
The England international has struggled to tie down a regular spot in the Liverpool side this season under Jurgen Klopp.
Sturridge has failed to score in 10 Premier League appearances this season, although the England man sat out the last four weeks with an injury problem.
The 27-year-old came off the bench to create Liverpool’s winner in a 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night after the striker’s shot came off the post to allow Sadio Mane to finish from close range.
Former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes Sturridge has a role to play in the final second half of the season, but admits the former Chelsea man could leave in the summer transfer window.
“If he’s happy being on the bench then something is wrong. He wants to play and Liverpool need him on the pitch because he’s a fantastic talent. We know he picks up too many injuries so the manager has to manage him and he’s doing that. He just needs game-time now and with the Christmas period he’ll get plenty of minutes on the pitch,” said Aldridge, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“If they’re going for the title or top four there is just no way Sturridge will move or be allowed to in January. In the summer who knows? If he wants to keep his England place and get regular games it could happen then. But if he scores lots of scores between now and then I don’t think that will be the case.”
Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers signed Sturridge in a £12m deal from Chelsea in the 2013 January transfer window.
Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and six points adrift of leaders Chelsea.