“There are things I want to achieve with Liverpool. [But] I would never say I am Liverpool until I die, because I would be lying,” the striker told journalists at a Sainsbury’s Active Kids promotion event on Friday, as per the Mirror.
“I think any player who says, ‘Oh yeah, this is the only team I will play for, for the rest of my life’, they are deluded. In football, every team looks for replacements every single year,” he continued, with comments that will surely fuel speculation linking the forward with a move away from the club.
The player’s latest quotes come at the end of a testing season for Sturridge, who missed large swathes of the first half of the campaign with injury.
Earlier this month, the England international had to contend with comments made by his manager Jurgen Klopp, who questioned the player’s fitness and ability to perform consistently, as per the Mirror, with the tabloid also raising speculation that the Reds would cash in on the attacker this summer if they receive an acceptable fee.
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Similarly, Sturridge was overlooked by Klopp—perplexingly—for the Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal, with the German coach opting to leave the England international on the bench even though he’d scored four goals in his previous five matches.