Is Sturridge paving the way for a Suarez exit?

Daniel Sturridge has thrived since Luis Suarez was put on a 10 match suspension by the FA.

Many may see it as a disaster if Luis Suarez leaves Liverpool this summer, but Daniel Sturridge continues to make that a realistic option with his superb performances leading the Liverpool attack.

There has been plenty of talk that Suarez will try and force a move away from the club this summer, as he doesn’t seem to enjoy being the focus of anything and everything negative to do with English football.

There are plenty of big sides reportedly interested in him and Liverpool could get a huge fee, with a previously shocking idea starting to look more and more realistic.

Sturridge has scored six goals in his last four games for the club, which is a ratio that rivals Suarez’s goal tally over any four game period throughout the current season.

It shows just how prolific Sturridge can be when he’s fit, in form and given a great chance to nail down his place leading the attack by Brendan Rodgers, who signed him as support to Suarez.

With every single performance that Sturridge puts in, which is similar to his hat-trick away at Fulham or his brace of goals away at Newcastle, the benefits of letting Suarez leave the club become clearer.

Letting him leave without a fight still seems like a very naïve thing to do but the point is it’s becoming clearer that Liverpool would cope and they could use any influx of transfer cash to support several other areas of the side in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers has just said that Sturridge has the ability to become one of the best strikers in Europe over the next couple of seasons which seems like a fair claim as he’s only 23-years-old and has not been given a regular chance up until this point.

Rodgers also has the problem where Suarez seems to just assume he’s first choice when it comes to the attack; whenever Liverpool need to pack the midfield as a containing tactic, he more than likely expects to be the sole striker.

It could create big problems for the club if Sturridge maintains his good form into the start of next season and around the time that Suarez completes his ban, if he’s not sold over the summer.

He could just assume that as soon as he’s back he’ll go straight into the side, regardless of how well Sturridge is playing and how many goals he is scoring.

That will create problems for Rodgers who is a manager who will always pick and choose his players based on merit and what they are doing to deserve their place in the team.

Ultimately Liverpool will be a better side retaining the services of both strikers but if another club dangles a £50 million carrot in front of Liverpool this summer, it won’t be disastrous if they take it.

Is Sturridge pushing Suarez towards the exit door?

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