There was a time when Liverpool were reliant on Daniel Sturridge.
Following the sales of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, the England striker was once the only thing keeping the Reds’ attack together, but it’s a very different story now.
Jurgen Klopp has proven he’s not afraid to drop the star, though it’s thought the forward will play against Manchester United on Monday.
The 27-year-old has only started three games all season, and came in for heavy criticism for ball-hogging in England’s recent 0-0 draw with Slovenia.
His form has been a subject up for debate, and while he undoubtedly still needs to improve, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that may need to happen away from Anfield – as he’s no longer first choice.
“Daniel may play on Monday because of injuries and Roberto Firmino may play out wide with Philippe Coutinho central,” Carragher told the Mirror.
“But when everyone’s fit and firing, I don’t think he quite gets in the 11.
“Klopp wants more than just scoring from his attackers. He wants work rate.”
With Klopp in the hot seat, it’s perfectly plausible that Sturridge could move on, even if Liverpool are trying to banish their reputation as a selling club. If they could use the funds to bolster their squad, though, it could well be the right time for him to move on for both parties.