Steven Gerrard has hinted that his former Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge might have to consider his Reds future at the end of the season but acknowledges that Jurgen Klopp should be looking to keep the striker at Anfield.
Sturridge has started just one Premier League match since the goalless stalemate against Manchester United back in October.
After being given another opportunity in cup competition at Plymouth, the 27-year-old endured a difficult evening and cut a frustrated figure when given the hook by his manager 14 minutes from the end so youngster Sheyi Ojo could enter proceedings.
Despite an impressive goals-to-games ratio of 58 strikes in 105 outings for Liverpool, Sturridge is no longer a regular in the Reds first choice XI and Gerrard knows that the situation is far from ideal for his pal.
Speaking as a pundit on BT Sport for their coverage of the FA Cup third round replay at Home Park, Gerrard said: “I know Daniel won’t want to be third choice, and I know he won’t want to be a bit-part player.
“So I’m sure he’s going to keep an eye on what happens between now and the end of the season and then he’ll have to make maybe a big decision.
“But if you’re Jurgen Klopp you want to keep him because on his day he’s world class.”