Daniel Sturridge won’t get a new contract at Liverpool and is certain to leave the club at the end of the season, according to James Pearce.
The Echo journalist revealed in two updates in a Q&A for the newspaper on Thursday (1.26pm and 2.05pm) that the striker, 29, is set to end his lengthy association with the club in the summer.
Sturridge is out of contract at the end of the season and Pearce claimed he “will leave” and could be followed through the exit door by fellow forward Divock Origi.
The journalist said he’d be “amazed” if the England international stayed, adding: “I just don’t think a new contract makes sense for either the club or the player. He could earn a lot more by leaving as a free agent.”
Certainly, it would be a surprise if Sturridge were to remain at Anfield. He began the season in fine fettle, and a couple of memorable strikes in September brought back memories of the forward who once terrorised Premier League defenders on a weekly basis. The striker is still a class act and has the imagination, technical quality and eye for goal that will make him an attractive free agent for so many leading clubs in England and overseas. However, it is questionable whether he could earn more by quitting on a free, as Pearce claims. Widespread reports state that Sturridge earns around £150,000-a-week at Anfield, a consequence of the eye-bogglingly lucrative deal he was handed following his central role in that nearly-but-not-quite campaign when Liverpool finished second to Manchester City under Brendan Rodgers. Even if banked a mega signing-on fee from his new club, there is no way a club in a major European league will hand a forward with Sturridge’s injury history a deal anywhere near as lucrative as his current one.