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Daniel Sturridge future at Liverpool questioned by Jamie Redknapp
Last Updated: 31/01/17 4:45pm
Jamie Redknapp has questioned Daniel Sturridge's future at Liverpool, suggesting he could be sold this summer if his form doesn't improve.
The England striker has played in seven of Liverpool's eight matches in 2017, but scored only one goal as Liverpool won just one of those January games - against League Two Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.
He has just two Premier League goals this season and former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp says he is only a back-up option for Jurgen Klopp and on current form, he risks leaving in the next transfer window.
"I think it's a delicate one with Daniel Sturridge," Redknapp told Sky Sports News HQ when asked if his future was in doubt.
"What we all see is a great talent and if you're any club manager you're always nervous to let talented players go because they can come back and make you look a bit of a fool.
"Daniel Sturridge, though, has got to start playing better. Otherwise the question you've asked me will be correct and his days will be numbered there.
"I don't see him as being Liverpool's best striking option because of the way Jurgen Klopp wants to play. You've got Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, so I think it's coming to a bit of a crossroads.
"Not today, but at the end of the season Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge have to weigh up what's for the best.
"You don't get enough game time out of him and when he does play, he doesn't show enough quality at this present moment.
"He has done previously, but something isn't quite right with him."
Liverpool's poor run in January has seen them go out of both domestic cups and slip 10 points behind Chelsea in the title race ahead of their meeting on Tuesday evening.
Those results coincided with the departure of Mane to play for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, but following their elimination Redknapp is looking forward to seeing him back in a Liverpool shirt.
"Liverpool need to get Mane back on the pitch as soon as possible," he added.
"I was at the Southampton game when they lost in the EFL Cup and you could see the difference he makes.
"One player shouldn't make a team, but he gives Liverpool real unpredictability He's a different asset to everyone else in the Liverpool squad."