Kieron Dyer says replacing Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge would cost club £50 million

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been linked with a move away from the club.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Kieron Dyer says replacing Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge will cost the club up to £50 million in buying a replacement, The Sun report.

Sturridge’s injury problems have prompted questions over his future at the club.

Supporters have become restless after seeing him constantly out of action with injury, while the player himself is said to be growing tired of the blame placed on his shoulders for his absence.

Indeed, with reports in The Sun suggesting the striker could be looking elsewhere, Dyer believes the Merseyside club could find themselves out of pocket in buying a suitable replacement.

“If they sell Daniel Sturridge on the cheap, they are going to have to spend £40million or £50million to get a striker of that calibre,” Dyer said.

“If he’s got a legitimate injury, and he knows he’s going to go on the pitch and there’s a great chance he could break down after ten or 15 minutes, I think he’s doing the right thing.”

“Yes, people want to see the desire, and when he’s on the pitch he does show that desire. He’s Liverpool’s most important and best player, when he’s on the pitch.”

Following the departures of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez before him, Sturridge has been elevated to the positon of arguably the club’s outstanding player alongside Philippe Coutinho.

However, a long-term injury sustained at the beginning of last season has been the catalyst of a succession of set-backs for the striker – some which have been the subject of slight controversy.

Is Sturridge capable of playing through the pain barrier? It’s a question many have been asking, as it’s increasingly rare these days that a player is at peak fitness on a consistent basis.

Supporters may feel they have every right to question his motives, though replacing a player who has netted 44 times in 72 appearances for the club in all competitions evidently won't be easy.

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