Daniel Sturridge is a luxury Liverpool can’t afford, says Didi Hamann

Daniel Sturridge

The striker picked up another injury in the 2-0 loss to Newcastle United at the weekend.

Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann has told TalkSport that striker Daniel Sturridge is a luxury the club cannot afford.

The forward picked up another injury in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United, just after he had returned from knee and foot problems that had seen him miss most of the beginning of the season.

It is the latest in a long line of injuries for the Liverpool man, who’s career has been hampered by a whole raft of different problems.

There are now questions being asked about his future at Anfield, and Hamann says he is fast becoming a figure that Liverpool could do without.

“The club needs to make a decision about whether you can have a player, who is one of the top earners, who only play half the games at best,” he told TalkSport.

“He is a luxury Liverpool cannot afford. They’ve got to make a call, because he’s not going to go from playing 50 per cent of games a year to 90-100 per cent. It isn’t going to happen.

“Are they good enough and wealthy enough as a club? I don’t think Liverpool, in the current state they are in, can afford him.”

The problem for Liverpool, however, is the fact that Sturridge remains the best striker on their books.

Christian Benteke has largely failed to live up the big money they paid in the summer for him, while Divock Origi is very much a work in progress, given his age.

Danny Ings had looked bright, but is also absent through injury, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s options are severely limited up front.

Perhaps, then, he will only consider a sale once a suitable replacement has been brought in, although who would buy him considering his injury record is a big hurdle to overcome.

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