Liverpool could have a huge problem with Sturridge, says Michael Owen

The striker was left on the bench against Villarreal recently and there are questions over his future.

Liverpool could have a huge problem with Daniel Sturridge if they do not use him as their first choice striker, Michael Owen has told BT Sport.

The striker was left on the bench in midweek in arguably his side’s biggest game this season against Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final in Spain.

That was a surprise move from manager Jurgen Klopp, as he opted for Roberto Firmino instead, and it has fanned the flames that the striker could be set to leave in the summer.

A dismal afternoon in the loss to Swansea City did not help that as Sturridge struggled throughout, and Owen believes the second leg against the Spaniards will be key to his future.

“Let’s see what happens Thursday,” he told BT Sport. “If he’s left out again, that’s a huge problem. He sees himself as number one, he’s an international player and he’d walk into any team in the world.

“He’s not a player you can keep around without playing. The remainder of this season will be interesting. Thursday will be key in so many ways for Liverpool.”

It once would have seemed unimaginable that Sturridge’s future at Liverpool would be under question after he shone alongside Luis Suarez.

However, it appears he has failed to convince Jurgen Klopp of his worth as yet, especially given he was already choosing Divock Origi ahead of him before the Belgian’s injury.

While his place is uncertain, what there is no denying is the quality he does possess, and should the Reds decide to sell, there is likely to be a number of clubs chasing his signature.

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